Spycatcher

Spycatcher

The Candid Autobiography of A Senior Intelligence Officer

Book - 1987
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Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1987.
ISBN: 9780670820559
0670820555
Branch Call Number: 327.12 WRIG
Characteristics: 392 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Calvacade
Mar 20, 2017

Interesting book by a former intelligence officer ( also a scientist ) who details the infiltration of Britain's' gov't and spy services by the Soviet Union from the 1930's onward. Compelling reading.

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donkeyhote
Mar 03, 2017

This is a good book by an honest British spy. He tells the truth they have discovered in the Service, no wonder this book was not allowed to be published in England. They discovered that secret British info was being passed on to the Russian spies. They set up a trap and caught the traitors: their own boss and the Kim Philby group inside the Service. They reported this to the Top and mild "investigation" started. The author of this book says that when they heard the interrogation questions, they looked at each other in amazement: "the traitors were being given crutches" to get them out from trouble. Even so, the situation of Kim Philby et al. became so delicate that they were allowed to escape by boat to Russia. It was obvious that these traitors did what they did "by office," because the Cold War was a sham, and while the spies on both sides were made to believe it was for real, a secret info sharing activity was set up to avoid serious conflict. The author of this book and his colleagues also found another "traitor" in high place, a Lord, who passed on the plans of a new British submarine to the Russians. The "investigation" was a comedy. OK, so, why was the Cold War a sham? Because Communism was created by the West - Marx was hired by British bankers to create his Communist ideology; then Lenin was trained and sent from London to use WW1 discontent to make his Bolshevik Revolution, oust the Russian aristocratic ruling class and replace them with 200 British agents at the top of the new Communist state. Wall Street bankers provided financial backing to Lenin and later to Stalin too - read Anthony Sutton's book: "Wall Street And The Bolshevik Revolution." Read these and you won't believe how mightily we were being conned. The terrorist organizations world-wide are "being monitored" (but not eliminated), and managed in secret by the Great Powers' spy services for being used in world politics as a pretext for certain moves by the West. Dr. John Coleman wrote about this in his book "The Conspirators' Hierarchy" (1992, 1997), but that book has been removed from the collection of VPL recently, and for a reason. OK, so, this book here gives you a glimpse of the theatrical comedy, which is the visible part of world politics.

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johnsankey
Dec 13, 2013

An incredibly detailed look inside British intelligence operations after the 2nd war and how British club culture destroyed their effectiveness for a generation. Wright's evidence that Roger Hollis was the Russian spy responsible for the failures throughout Hollis' MI5 career has been supported by later evidence. To me, a student at Cambridge in the 1960's, the most horrifying is the suspicion that the brilliant Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell was murdered by the Soviets in order to put Harold Wilson in place as PM, and the subsequent unauthorized efforts by MI5 officers in the know to force Wilson out by scandal. It was published only after a copy of the manuscript was "stolen" and made the British governments efforts to make it vanish become moot. A real life spy novel of the first class.

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