Nancy Soderberg, a foreign policy adviser to President Clinton, said that everyone in the White House at the time “looked to Ted Kennedy as the bellwether on which way to go on Northern Ireland.”
Until Kennedy, under the guidance of SDLP leader John Hume, supported the visa for Mr Adams, the issue was “a non-starter” because of the opposition from the FBI, the CIA, the state department and the British government, she said. He built “cover for the president” to issue the visa.
“It gave the president the guts to stand up to his entire government, which Ted Kennedy had no problem doing,” said Ms Soderberg.
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