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... Ulster for three years. His unit was called the Special Military Intelligence Unit (Northern Ireland) (SMIU, NI). Controlled from an office next door to the Head of Special Branch RUC, at RUC HQ, Belfast, it was commanded in the 70's by Lt. Col. Brian Dixon and then Lt. Col. John Burgess, both of the Intelligence Corps. These Commanding Officers, with a small staff, controlled a Military Intelligence Officer (MIO) and his assistant, a Field Intelligence NCO (FINCO) attached to each RUC Division, and a number of Liaison Intelligence NCO's (LINCO) perhaps fifty operatives overall. The prime role of the unit members ...
... and its viewpoint. Bethel's (partly legitimate) excuse is that documentation is unavailable because of Kim Philby's involvement in the planning of the Albanian operation. The spectre of 'national security' is raised, but as usual it is just another red herring. There are many files available under the Freedom of Information Act in the US on Philby, Burgess and Maclean, (see, for example, Sunday Times 31 March 1985), and the top secret State Department decimal file for Albania 1948/9 is available for all to see in the National Archives. Philby was definitely responsible for blowing some of the operation (one wonders how much the Russians told the Albanians) but his ...
... David Holden, who was a regular resident at Belfast's Europa Hotel. Holden, who was shot dead in mysterious circumstances in Cairo in 1976, was an MI6 officer working in Ireland under cover as a Sunday Times journalist. He was a close friend of Sir Frank Howard Smith with whom he served in Washington at the time of the Guy Burgess defection. Smith was a career MI6 officer who served as UK civil representative in Northern Ireland from 1970, and who set up the contemporary British intelligence system in Ireland. He was head of MI5, retiring in June, 1981. It may be relevant that the head of IRD from 1972 to 1976, Thomas Christopher Barker, spent ...
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