Rothschild, the right, the far-right and the Fifth Man

[…] the First Man.” (5). Auberon Waugh in the Spectator (14 June 1980) had written a half-serious article titled ‘Lord Rothschild is Innocent’. Revealing the links between Blunt, Burgess and Rothschild, Waugh added, with tongue in cheek: “Any suggestion which might be implied that Lord Rothschild could even have been under suspicion by MI5 as […]

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Gone but not forgotten: a further update on Di

[…] episode of series four of Spooks (BBC1) included a convincing explanation of how MI5 could have engineered the crash. () The coroner On 18 December 2003, Michael Burgess, H.M. Coroner for Surrey, confirmed that inquests on Diana and Dodi would open on 6 January 2004: Diana’s inquest was to be held at the Queen […]

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One Boggis-Rolfe or two?: Philby: The Hidden Years

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[…] And did they depend on a predictable British reaction, the cover-up, to self-inflict longer term political damage? Some sections of the British right seemed to believe so. Burgess and Maclean defected in 1951 after Maclean was pinpointed by a Venona decryption as agent Homer. Burgess didn’t have to go with him, he wasn’t suspected. […]

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Spy Master: The Betrayal of MI5

[…] collusion with the Communist Party’ (p. 124) ‘Hollis also took the view, it seems‘ (p. 125) ‘Hollis would have known that there was already a file on Burgess…’ (p. 129) ‘Must have been clear to Hollis’ (p. 140) ‘Hollis would clearly have agreed (p. 144) The next chapter, ‘The Great Mole Hunt – From […]

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Deadly Illusions

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the first book from the KGB archives John Costello and Oleg Tsarev Century, London, 1993 Yet another reheat of the interminable stew of Philby, Burgess, Blunt, Maclean et al, this time spiced up with material from the KGB archives. Yes, the KGB archives. Five years ago, unimaginable. Today… today it certainly makes a striking […]

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Late breaking news on Clay Shaw’s United Kingdom contacts

[…] to the plan….The Special Branch began compiling a ‘Black Book’ of known perverts in influential government jobs after the disappearance of the diplomats Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, who were known to have pervert associates . Now comes the difficult task of side-tracking these men into less important jobs – or putting them behind […]

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Re:

[…] like a Dame Pressure from the royal household, Mohamed Al Fayed and Number 10 have been cited as reasons behind the decision of the Royal Coroner, Michael Burgess, not to hear the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed. Following a flurry of speculation, the former President of the High […]

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Was the Director of Central Intelligence a Soviet agent?

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[…] Donald Maclean – a rising star in his own right – was fingered by the U. S. government’s code breakers. Maclean and his too loyal friend Guy Burgess took the ferry to Calais, thence the train to Moscow, leaving Philby implicated, but not convicted, and intelligence services all over the Western world looking over […]

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PR, espionage and language

[…] the Thames – there has been very little sign of SIS. One ‘sighting’ was its condemnation of a BBC dramatisation of the early lives of Messrs. Blunt, Burgess, McLean and Philby: the dramatist was blamed for a sensitivity by-pass SIS itself had created.() Another was in the Careers Section of London’s Evening Standard when […]

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Re:

[…] ‘Parliament Joan’ (c1600-1655?) and ‘Pickle the Spy’ (c1725-1761). More recent practitioners range from minor characters, such as Greville Wynne and John Vassall, to major operators – Blunt, Burgess, Maclean and Philby. ‘Spooks’ are also covered, with almost ninety members of the intelligence community listed. Many of these had other occupations – John Henry Bevan […]

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