Philby naming names

[…] the curiously stilted quality of this and the occasional grammatical error. Question We know that you are one of the greatest specialists concerning matters connected with British espionage and undermining activities and so-called psychological warfare. What can you tell our readers concerning the anti-Soviet campaign in England? Kim Philby Kim Philby Kim Philby In […]

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PR, espionage and language

[…] work according to their value systems. If these chime with the straightforward bias of an immensely powerful and privileged SIS alumnus, some could consider a career in espionage along the lines of his prescribed outlook. The result could be recruitment cloning or the employment of people who do not know what they want beyond […]

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The death of Italy’s military intelligence chief in Iraq and some examples of persuasion

[…] what amounts to little more than cut throat recruitment () will not sustain the US in Iraq indefinitely. There are no shortcuts because the basis of the espionage relationship is the deep emotional attachment that exists between ‘good’ case officers and ‘good’ agents/sources. () Above all, the espionage relationship is about friendship. It has […]

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Body of Secrets, and, Echelon

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[…] would the European Parliament, in defence of the single market, want to hold an inquiry into the United States’ (and others’) intelligence role in alleged state-sponsored industrial espionage? But much of the evidence unearthed by the European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System and in Bamford’s Body Of Secrets suggests that state-gathered […]

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Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, and, The Haunted Wood

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Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America James Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Yale University Press, London and Yale, 1999, £19.95 The Haunted Wood: Soviet espionage in America – the Stalin era Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev Random House, New York, 1999, $30.00 So now we know: most of what the Republican right in the […]

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Five at Eye

[…] trusted by the KGB, but the military and air attaches there, one Colonel Miroslav Merhaut and Major Gustav Opremcak, are still being very helpful. The East German espionage service, which is controlled by a former Gestapo officer, is assisted by Gunter Wille, first secretary for consular affairs, Hans Nobel, the Commercial Counsellor, and Roland […]

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Fascism, the Security Service and the Curious Careers of Maxwell Knight and James McGuirk Hughes

The idea that the Security Service, MI5, colluded with British fascism in the inter-war years is not to be found in the existing literature on the subject. On the contrary the fascists are depicted as the victims, rather than the beneficiaries of MI5’s attentions. MI5, it is generally argued, viewed fascism as a potential danger […]

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The SIS and London-based foreign dissidents: some patterns of espionage

[PDF file]: The SIS and London-based foreign dissidents: some patterns of espionage Corinne Souza Over forty years separates the arrival of the Iraqi community in London and today’s Russian one. Some of the Iraqis making their home in the UK in the 1970s had substantial wealth, others were averagely well-to-do, and some had little more than […]

In camera injustice

[…] The Mitrokhin Archive, as did Melita Norwood – the ‘Granny Spy’ – but unlike her I have been largely ignored by those commentating on the history of espionage in the UK. In this article, I would like to familiarise Lobster readers with some key elements of my case, and to raise questions about the […]

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Spies and children

Espionage is two things – a career and a lifestyle. Both can be wildly exciting. Those who deny this have never been spies. Children born to SIS agents enjoy this lifestyle which can have many advantages. The home environment is usually stimulating, cosmopolitan and informed. There can also be one-off bonus such as acquisition of […]

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