In camera injustice

Those who remember my case will be aware that in 1992/93 I was portrayed as a major KGB spy, featuring on the front pages of several national newspapers. My name later appeared in The Mitrokhin Archive, as did Melita Norwood – the ‘Granny Spy’ – but unlike her I have been largely ignored by […]

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The Ultranationalist Right in Turkey and the Attempted Assassination of Pope John Paul II

[…] of their proponents, but, as I hope to demonstrate, only one of them is thoroughly based on reliable evidence. The first is the theory that the Soviet KGB, acting through a chain of intermediaries, including the surrogate Bulgarian KDS (later DS, Committee for State Security), a branch of the Turkish mafia headquartered in Sofia, […]

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Five at Eye

[…] the Leipzig Trade Fair and the opening of the Soviet Trade delegation in London – after a quarry whose name changed on every page. Was it the KGB?” (7) Indeed it was. The East-West Traders were considered to be too close to the Soviet Union and were seen as little more than ‘fellow travellers’. […]

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Decoding Edward Jay Epstein’s ‘LEGEND’

[…] irrelevant material derived from interviews with some of Oswald’s Marine colleagues. He tries to convince the reader that in some sense Oswald was got at by the KGB – maybe in Japan. There is of course, nothing resembling evidence for this belief. There is no ‘secret life’ – the promise in the book’s subtitle. […]

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Philip Agee, the KGB and us

Philip Agee died in January this year. Reading the obituaries I came across the allegations that he had gone to the KGB with his information about the CIA, something he had always denied. There is this section from the memoir of senior KGB officer Oleg Kalugin, The First Chief Directorate: My 32 Years in […]

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Truth Twisting: notes on disinformation

[…] Deacon lines up all our favourite state and right-wing outlets to attack CND, ecologists, socially committed clergy etc. etc., and the master brain behind them all, the KGB. As sources Deacon cites: The Centre for Conflict Studies in Canada, erstwhile base for Maurice Tugwell, the first head of Information Policy in Northern Ireland. (See […]

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Defector Politics: or, grooving with Mr G.

[…] it was, this journalist had been to see Mr G. Upon learning that the journalist was also going to ring me, Mr G told him that the KGB were big fans of Lobster. Told this, I laughed. Later I thought, ‘How does Mr G know this?’ Mr G defected in 1985, around the time […]

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Golitsyn

One of the recurring sub-themes of the literature on intelligence systems in the West in the past decade has been the status of the claims made by KGB defector Golitsyn. Until recently all the book-reading public knew about Golitsyn was (a) that he has exposed some (relatively minor) Soviet operations; (b) made a series […]

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Deadly Illusions

Book cover

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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Who’s afraid of the KGB

[…] expulsions. The recent great brouhaha about Oleg Bitov rather makes the point. What did we learn? The British intelligence services have ‘safe houses’ and defector procedures: the KGB are willing to have all kinds of nonsense talked on their behalf. So what? The books that are available are mostly rubbish, tales from defectors now […]

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