An Phoblacht/Republican News
Thursday 10 July 1997

"...The Independent on Sunday had a little piece recently about a shadowy right-wing group once chaired by the disgraced Tory Johnathan Aitken. Known as ``Le Cercle'' it is made up of influential people from the world of intelligence and politics and is reportedly funded by the CIA, though the US Embassy in Dublin claims it knows nothing about it. They were responding to questions about its Unionist bias given that two of its members are David Burnside, the PR consultant and Ulster Unionist, and Lord Cranbourne, John Major's former Chief of Staff and virulent pro-Unionist. It sounds like to type of club most world figures would be happy not to be a member of."