Defending the Realm: MI5 and the Shayler Affair

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Mark Hollingsworth and Nick Fielding Andre Deutsch, London, 1999 £17.99 At one level this whole Shayler affair is quite odd. For Shayler is the quintessential, contemporary, football-mad, New Labour-oriented, a-political technocrat – someone who can use the word ‘modern’ without blushing and putting it in scare quotes. (Shayler’s complaints about MI5 can be seen […]

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Our Secret Servants: the Shayler affair

Our Secret Servants: the Shayler affair Things had been going rather well for the British security and intelligence services in the 1990s. Under pressure from the Wright-Wallace-Massiter revelations of the 80s, they had conceded a notional form of parliamentary accountability with the creation of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With members who either knew […]

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Many thanks to Terry Hanstock for contributions. Comments and contributions to Shayler case and human rights David Shayler went on trial at the Old Bailey in October/ November 2002 for disclosing information and documents relating to security and intelligence, under s1(1) and 4(1) of the Official Secrets Act 1989. During the trial he […]

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Defending the Realm: Inside MI5 and the War on Terrorism

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Mark Hollingsworth and Nick Fielding London: Andre Deutsch, 2003, p/b £8.99   An updated and expanded version of Defending the Realm: MI5 and the Shayler Affair which was reviewed in Lobster 38, this account of MI5’s adjustment to the post Cold War world is one of the best books on the UK’s intelligence services, […]

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[…] Mail on Sunday in 1997, I would like to set the record straight on your piece in Lobster 36 (‘Peter’s Friends’?) I have remained close to David Shayler and Annie Machon, his girlfriend and also a former MI5 officer, since we first broke the story. Consequently, I can clarify the issue of whether David […]

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Getting it right: the security agencies in modern society

[…] reference….’ This what you are allowed to do…….. While the ISC were being invited to look at Mitrokhin and the way he was handled by MI6, messrs Shayler and Tomlinson, the two most important defectors from the British security agencies since Philby, were in exile in one case and in jail in the other. […]

David Shayler, ‘Tunworth’ and the LIFG

[PDF file]: David Shayler, ‘Tunworth’ and the LIFG Nick Must In his book Manufacturing Terrorism,1 T. J. Coles mentions that ex-MI5 officer David Shayler has recently claimed that Ramadan Abedi (the father of Manchester Arena suicide bomber, Salman Abedi) was the MI6 asset who had previous been identified solely with the cypher ‘Tunworth’. Shayler first mentioned […]

Web Update

[…] GAO reports covering the millennium bug and its effects on a range of activities: telecommunications, defence: Army, Navy, DoD, public services, financial and business, etc Intelligence David Shayler http://www.shayler.com/ Official website of former MI5 officer David Shayler and his allegations concerning MI5 malpractice; Shayler’s first statement from prison; his letters to MI5 chief Stephen […]

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Spooks

[…] main reason for the new top level censorship committee that was set up in London earlier this year.’ Much more on this at http://cryptome.org/markov-file.htm http://cryptome.org/markov-file2.htm MI5 miscellany Shayler backs Peter Wright David Shayler’s piece in The Observer on 14 January, ‘Why I blew the gaff’, illustrated why he has been received with reserve in […]

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New Labour Notes

[…] to take a couple of chums across to the States to beat the bushes for private sector funding for his project.(12) Robin Cook at the Foreign Office Shayler Hundreds of column inches about the David Shayler affair between August 2 and August 10 1998 produced rather little of significance other than the fact that […]

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