SIS: Dearlove, Spedding and PR

[…] in gas has moved to places like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. (2) In view of the Crown’s acknowledged need to attract good quality Muslim candidates and linguists as SIS staff or agents, the shallowness of the pro-Muslim agenda is germane. Such sophisticates, which the Muslim community has a-plenty, have long been needed to access highly-educated […]

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Rebranding SIS

SIS is dead – you read it first in Lobster – but the funeral has not been announced. Established in 1909, it will not make its centenary. SIS once offered a global brand operating in a market that had been previously divided along the lines of accepted cartels (market fixing). Its market-share, however, has been […]

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After Iraq: some FCO/SIS issues

[…] minister’s otherwise presidential powers. An example of polarisation was engagement in Iraq; and of politicisation, although this is denied, the appointment of John Scarlett as head of SIS. With the latter, it is not merely the personalities, nor SIS’s future, that are important, although they are, but the wider issue: i.e. the decisions being […]

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PR, espionage and language

[…] he was quoted as saying:’We do not have stakeholders; we do not have corporate social responsibility; we simply have mutual advantage…..’. His comments have specific meaning for SIS: capitalism is the ideology it promotes and protects. The public have no means of knowing whether the organisation’s role is to search for capitalism’s buried bodies […]

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Spook PR

[…] by al-Qaida. Its communications campaign has been textbook – identical to that mounted by any multinational – and has taken years to put in place. Had the SIS known anything about PR (which, given its corporate clients, it ought to have done) it would have spotted al-Qaida’s programme long ago, and known how to […]

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New Labour Notes

[…] forums promoting the transnational, American-dominated New World Order which is now wrecking the world. Then there was Smith’s life-long friendship with Baroness (Meta) Ramsay, the former career SIS officer, with whom he became friends at university. She became President of the Scottish Union of Students and went on to a career in the murky […]

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The Perfect English Spy

Tom Bower, Heinemann, London This is the biography of Dick White, the only man to have been head of both MI5 and MI6 (SIS) and it is a massive breach of the new Official Secrets Act. For Bower not only had access to White’s memoir of the period, with White to vouch for him, […]

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Two views of Dorril: MI6: Fifty years of Special Operations

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[…] late Alexis Forter (see below). It is a pity that Dorril did not build up his ‘walk-ons’ to include, for example, the lawyers and accountants used by SIS to provide the administrative infrastructure for many of their businessmen assets. The late lawyer Hugh Sinclair, who had distinguished SIS family connections, comes to mind. Dorril […]

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Baghdad’s Spy: A Personal Memoir of Espionage and Intrigue from Iraq to London

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[…] daddy’s cover? (With difficulty.) What levels of deceit are required? (Many.) How many friends are sacrificed? (Many.) There are quite detailed portraits of three of her father’s SIS case officers. Two are identified, one remains under a pseudonym; two were the kind of urbane, civilised people we are led to believe work for Her […]

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Book Reviews

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[…] was sustained by the politicians, and not by the Civil Service – what he calls ‘the permanent government’ – and certainly not by the secret Civil Service, SIS (MI6). For Verrier’s second thesis, the one I guess he really cares about, is that SIS got it right. There it is, out front, in the […]

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