Rebranding SIS

Lobster Issue 40 (Winter 2000/1) £££

[…] will not at a stroke address other fundamental problems, such as conflicts of interest inherent in the system – e.g. the intelligence services combining the role of agent, while commissioning agents’ services, while being advocates for individual agents, while being a commissioner of services – but it will be a start. In the meantime, […]

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Defector Politics: or, grooving with Mr G.

Lobster Issue 29 (1995) £££

[…] was just a little smear from Mr G’s current sponsors. Crozier gets first bite The present burst of G-exploitation false-started in 1993 with Brian Crozier’s memoir, Free Agent. On p. 115 he named Labour MPs or former MPs Stan Newens, Jo Richardson, Joan Lestor, Frank Allaun and Joan Maynard as ‘confidential contacts’ of the […]

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

Lobster Issue 28 (December 1994) £££

[…] 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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MI5: New Threats for Old? Turning up the Heat: MI5 after the Cold War

Lobster Issue 28 (December 1994) £££

[…] suggestion of a putative ‘strategy of tension’ in Britain; and (c) for the mischief-making by SB. Loose-knit groups like Class War are a gift for any state agent manipulation and there is evidence – the Pat Daly case for example, discussed in Lobster 27; or parts of O’Hara’s first two pamphlets – to show […]

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In camera injustice

Lobster Issue 52 (Winter 2006/7) £££

[…] worked as a salesman in a hi-fi shop in Tottenham Court Road in December 1978 when the KGB officer Viktor Alekseevich Oshchenko spotted him as a potential agent and recruited him. After Oshchenko returned to the Soviet Union in 1979, Mr. E was handled by another KGB officer, Yuriy Gennadyevich Pokrovskiy (later expelled from […]

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Philby naming names

Lobster Issue 16 (1988) £££

[…] The BIS residency in Baghdad received much help from the BIS in Beirut where the skilled master of such operations, Peter Lunn, with the help of BIS agent D.Kujamdzan, gave the final touch to the brochures and printed them on Arabian presses, procured through third parties, in the BIS headquarters. BIS also used one […]

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Rothschild, the right, the far-right and the Fifth Man

Lobster Issue 16 (1988) £££

[…] 1980 up to the present time there have been innuendoes in the press to the effect that I am ‘the Fifth Man’, in other words a Soviet agent. The Director-General of MI5 should state publicly that he has unequivocal, repeat, unequivocal, evidence, that I am not, and never have been a Soviet agent.”(2) It […]

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The final testimony of George Kennedy Young

Lobster Issue 19 (1990) £££

[…] and identities, and at dawn a special plainclothes squad of carabinieri collected some dozen complete with transmitters and codes. As Young recalls, the Germans had issued each agent with his equipment in a little suitcase with a Royal Stewart tartan cover. Even after weeding out the less promising cases, there were more than the […]

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PR, espionage and language

Lobster Issue 50 (Winter 2005/6) £££

[…] needed specific associations are less inclined to put themselves forward. In addition, the use of the word risks linkage with other spook employers: a courageous former British agent who worked inside the IRA has warned that he was ‘dumped’ by the security forces. ‘When you are no longer of use, they leave you high […]

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Secret Contenders

Lobster Issue 8 (1985) £££

[…] vice-versa, usually out of fear of having their travel prospects to the US curtailed. This was especially so in Mexico City where Beck went to handle double agent cases after the US spooks were thrown out of Cuba. He writes: “Any case officer contemplating a double agent operation assumes the opposition knows of his […]

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