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Spy probe will reveal more says Trimble.

ULSTER Unionist leader David Trimble yesterday said alleged espionage activities by the IRA uncovered in recent police moves in Northern Ireland went right to the heart of the republican movement's leadership. The former Northern Ireland First Minister made the comment in Dublin after briefing European Union envoys on the peace process.

On the seizure of files, computers and disks containing material relating to prison officers and political parties, he said: ``We are not talking about leaks, we are talking about theft.

``We are talking about an organised criminal conspiracy to have access to government offices for the purpose of stealing documents.

``We know that leaks occur from time to time, but this is of a different order, a different character completely.

``This is big and it is an inquiry that has a long way to go. We are actually in the early stages, and there may be an awful lot more to come out, and we may find that his may go right to the heart of the Provisional IRA.''

Mr Trimble added: ``That means it is going to the heart of the republican movement.'''' Pressed over whether he believed top Sinn Fein figures could be implicated, the Unionist leader said: ``I am not in a position to believe or disbelieve, nor to prove or disprove.''

He pointed once more, though, to the Police Service of Northern Ireland view that the conspiracy went ``right to the heart of the Provisional movement.
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Date:Nov 13, 2002
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