Nation: Tantalizing Tales from the I.R.A.

A double defector tells of gunrunning from the U.S.

Just from living in Boston, one acquires a natural interest in the Irish Republican Army," says Reporter Andrew Blake of the Boston Globe. Blake's interest sharpened during a year of reporting for the London Sunday Times in Northern Ireland. And after some machine guns stolen from an armory in Danvers, Mass., turned up in Ulster last year, Blake set out to find out how the I.R.A. runs guns from the U.S. Several sources steered him toward a man who might talk — Peter McMullen, 32,...

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