Jim Dwyer of The New York Times broke the story in his Friday column for the newspaper.
Jean McConville, a mother of ten, was named as a British informer by the IRA and was shot dead by them in December 1972. She was abducted and her body was buried in a secret location. It was found in 2003.
The British government request was for oral histories of at least two senior figures in the IRA and possibly as many as ten and was granted by a Boston court last week.
The testimony obtained by Boston College was given on the basis that it would be held confidential until the person or persons died.
That will not now be the case unless Boston College fights the release of the transcripts which they have given no firm indication they will do.