Spy Master: The Betrayal of MI5

William J. West Berkeley Books, USA, 1990 From the UK reviews: ‘Unassailably accurate … beautifully written … the definitive book on the Hollis story’ – The Times ‘Lively, well-written a completely engrossing book. West has unearthed completely new material’ – Financial Times ‘West is a thorough and meticulous researcher. His book is one of […]

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Way out West: a conspiracy theory

A current example of a conspiracy theory is the continuing attempt to paint Roger Hollis as a member of the so-called ‘Ring of Five’. There is, it should be said, not a shred of evidence that Hollis ever passed a single piece of information to the Soviets, nor that he had any contacts with […]

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

[…] similarities to the later plots against Ministers in the Wilson governments.) According to de Courcy, on 14th September 1951, two MI5 officers under the orders of Roger Hollis were sent to Paris to interview French officials looking for dirt to discredit the Paris branch of de Courcy’s Intelligence Digest. This, so de Courcy says, […]

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Spooks. Hollis. Tomlinson

Hollis again What with the opening of the KGB archives and the testimony of Oleg Gordievsky, you might be forgiven for thinking that the question, Was MI5 Director-General Roger Hollis a Soviet spy? had been answered conclusively and resoundingly ‘No’. You would be wrong – or so says the doyen of British espionage writers, Chapman […]

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Common Cause and IRIS

[…] just be a notepaper job. Nonetheless, some of the ‘advisory body’ were people with rather specialised interests. For example, at one point the name of General Leslie Hollis appeared on it. Hollis had been the Secretary of the Chiefs of Staff committee which ‘considered, with Sir Stewart Menzies, the head of MI6, and Warner […]

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Feedback

[…] unscholarly work but to nasty witch hunts. What first drew my attention to this trend was when Peter Wright came out with his accusation about Sir Roger Hollis. Chapman Pincher was wheeled out to back up the claim that Hollis had been recruited to Soviet intelligence by Arthur Ewert when in China. Ewert was […]

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Five at Eye

[…] explain that I tried to join the Foreign Service soon after coming down from Oxford in 1960 and was firmly rebuffed, despite a recommendation from Sir Roger Hollis, of the rival Security Service, MI5.” (2) Waugh was close to the Hollis family. Roger’s brother Christopher was a godfather to Waugh and the two lunched […]

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Atlantic Crossings

[…] racism and dictatorship’. If the British delegation is anything to go by, this is not true. Of the four British delegates named by Coleman, one was Christopher Hollis, a right-wing Catholic and some time Tory MP, (7) and another was Julian Amery, one of the Tory Party’s leading imperialists! In any case ‘cultural freedom’ […]

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Moscow Gold: ‘the Communist threat’ in post-war Britain

[…] the Cold War that I am aware of has mostly been confirmation of what we knew already: the Soviets were apparently not running Alger Hiss or Roger Hollis; but they were funding the World Peace Council and the rest of the well known fronts. The only important news so far has been the confirmation […]

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There’s no smear like an old smear

[…] Steve Dorril adds: There is one little gem in Wright’s book which is worth noting. On p. 93 Wright reveals that the Director-General of MI5, Sir Roger Hollis, deliberately destroyed a document before the Denning Inquiry into the Profumo Affair. This showed that Hollis had tried, via the Cabinet Secretary, to enlist John Profumo’s […]

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