Boston College has been subpoenaed by the British government to release secret transcripts of conversations with IRA operatives.
The British are likely seeking evidence against Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in one of the most controversial killings of the Troubles, that of Jean McConville.
This is the first time that secret archives have been subpoenaed in pursuit of a British criminal investigation into The Troubles and has sent a shudder through the academic world.
“This is our worst-case scenario,” Mary Marshall Clark, the director of the oral history research office at Columbia University told The New York Times
Anthony McIntyre, the researcher, said the British move was appalling “The damage it would do to research at the university would be unimaginable,” he said. “People will hold onto their secrets forever” he told The Times