Persian Drugs: Oliver North, the DEA and Covert Operations in the Mideast

[…] made it on to the CIA’s ‘burn list’. In testimony before Congress, the CIA’s Clair George called him a ‘bum, a ‘looser’, a crook’ and a ‘recruited agent of the Israeli government’. Manucher Ghorbanifar, the first channel employed by the White House to make contact with Tehran, was apparently all these and more. An […]

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Advertising, Iraq and espionage

[…] signing-up Saddam Hussein’s hated, secret police. According to US logic, all the local agents in Iraq it is desperate to recruit but cannot are MICE; the brave agent executed by Saddam Hussein in April this year for guiding US missiles to a restaurant, in which attack innocent civilians were killed, was also one; (10) […]

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SIS: Dearlove, Spedding and PR

[…] betray some friends and/or family members. In addition, their spouse, or child, could be forced to drop a particular relative or playmate if such relationship compromised the agent, let alone endangered whole family groups. Given the potential grief and sacrifice, it is unlikely that top quality agents – spies – will accept Crown employment […]

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Jonestown. The secret life of Jim Jones: a parapolitical fugue

[…] Specifically, Jones feared that Ryan and the press would uncover evidence that the leftist founder of the Peoples Temple was for many years a witting stooge, or agent, of the FBI and the intelligence community, where it was feared that Ryan’s investigation would embarrass the CIA by linking Jones to some of the Agency’s […]

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Irangate and Secret Arms-for-Hostage Deal

[…] Mrs Dwyer was released. The second major topic at that first NSC meeting was Iran (Washington Post, 2/20/87).In late 1980, according to ex-SAVAK Chief and CIA double agent Mansur Rafizadeh, retired CIA agent George Cave, then once again under CIA contract, asked Rafizadeh if Gorbanifar could help to gain the release of the 52 […]

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The Enemy Within (Whitehall)

[…] contained any explosives for years).(10) Despite this, the judge rejected defence claims that the INLA members had been entrapped and that Daly had been working as an agent provocateur…. It is clear from the witness statements of Daly and various police and MI5 personnel that the decision to expose Daly was taken very early […]

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

[…] that were then attributed to anti-Western Egyptians, (73) the directing of a supposed ‘Libyan’ terrorist group – La Llamada de Jesucristo – by a French secret service agent, (74) the systematic utilisation of bogus and real left-wing organisations as a cover by Italian neo-fascist terrorists in the late 1960s and early 1970s, (75) and […]

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Was the Director of Central Intelligence a Soviet agent?

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[…] provides evidence that Colby had tried to protect Helms, but was overruled by his own legal advisors. Helms would not have believed it.) Was Colby a Soviet agent? The spectacular claim implied – if not quite made – in A Look Over My Shoulder is that William Colby, while Director of Central Intelligence, was […]

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Brief Notes on the Political Importance of Secret Societies (Part 2)

[…] for more than twenty years over the reliability of US intelligence. The CIA’s counterintelligence chief, James Angleton, was convinced that Goleniewski was a KGB plant or provocation agent, and distanced the Agency from the Polish defector. Nonetheless, Angleton came to accept the claim of a later defector, Anatoli Golitsyn, who confirmed that the CIA […]

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The Trouble With Harry: A memoire of Harry Newton, MI5 agent

[…] when Marion was returning from a CP Central Committee, or an even more important one abroad. He drew from this the conclusion that Bert was ‘the resident’ agent of the Soviets and Comintern. Of this story I was sceptical at the time for, according to the evidence of Soviets who had defected, it was […]

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