There's been ups and downs, laughs and tears, but the trans-Atlantic friendship between the former EDL leader Tommy Robinson and anti-Islam activists Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller may have finally run its course.
In a biting blogpost, Geller said that she disapproves of Robinson's relationship with anti-extremism think-tank Quilliam, and with Islamic commentator Mo Ansar, who Robinson has filmed a BBC documentary with.
In distancing herself from Robinson, Geller has put paid to previous reports that the trio, along with ex-EDL deputy leader Kevin Carroll, were planning a new organisation, based on Geller and Spencer's organisation Stop The Islamisation Of Nations (SION).
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"I understood his concerns, and looked forward to a new organiSation - perhaps even SIO-England," Geller blogged.
"I had no idea that it was a Quilliam press conference, and certainly had no idea that Tommy and Kevin Carroll would be led around like dogs on a leash.
"It was after that phone call, and before I had any idea that Tommy would be closely allying with false moderate Muslim deceivers who would crow about "decapitating the EDL," that Robert Spencer and I composed our first statement, supporting Tommy and his decision. We never would have come out in support of him if we had known that he would soon be parroting politically correct nonsense about 'extremists on both sides.'"
Geller compared Robinson and Carroll to "American POW's taken by enemy combatants and forced to say things they did not believe before cameras."
"It has become painfully obvious that the enemies of freedom have broken Tommy Robinson. The British authorities' harassment, the systematic persecution, the jailings, the solitary confinement, the threatening of his life, the threats to his family, his having to move several times, his children having to change schools, the constant false charges - he finally cracked.
"They broke him. He made a deal with the devil. He didn't want to go back to jail, and this looks like his bid to stay out."
Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll are "no longer on the SION board", Geller confirmed.
— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) October 11, 2013
Geller and Spencer were banned from the UK, in a personal intervention from Home Secretary Theresa May, after a concerted campaign to stop the two addressing an EDL rally in Woolwich.
Robinson was defiant at a press conference last week about his departure from the EDL, insisting: "Why should I end my my relationship with them?"
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