At what point does a “state conspiracy” become “overarching”? With the involvement of a senior MI5 field officer, perhaps, or the supposedly domestic spy agency’s director? Taking it higher, what about the blessing of a secretary of state, or the imprimatur of a prime minister? It is an entirely serious question, and one to which leading silk and former war crimes prosecutor Desmond de Silva offers no answer. For a celebrated human rights lawyer that is rather remiss.
Hark the sound of mocking Irish laughter.