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  • Phillip Knightley .com — The homepages of distinguished journalist and author Phillip Knightley — Page 7
    become just another part of our leisure activity British kids spend as much on Ecstasy as the whole nation spends on tea and coffee Cocaine is almost as freely available as alcohol and is nearly as popular And it is not just the young the trendy or the socially deprived who are recreational drug users Everyone s at it Read the full article So was the great victory a sham March 20 2002 We forget too easily that governments wage war to win and do not greatly worry how they do it Their ideal would be Tell the people nothing until a war is over and then tell them who won In the meantime they are prepared to lie suppress manipulate distort and spin to try to keep the media and thus the public on side But every now and then they get caught out Four months ago the Prime Minister told us that the Taliban had collapsed and the war in Afghanistan was as good as over Then on Monday the Blair government announced that a force of 1 700 British commandos was being sent to Afghanistan to fight a resurgent al Qaeda No wonder Blair scuttled out of the Commons moments before Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon made the announcement Read the full article Book review Open Secret The Autobiography of the Former Director General of MI5 October 1 2001 The importance of this book lies in the fact that it was published not in what it has to say Even after the Cold War ended and the government formally admitted what most of us knew all along that we had a security service MI5 which under the guise of protecting national security kept an eye on us all no one dreamed that the head of such an organisation would ever dare write an autobiography So let me say early on that Stella Rimington deserves our thanks for resisting the bullying of the Cabinet Office and many of her colleagues and associates in Whitehall and pushed on to publication This is a blow struck for a more open society hitherto one of the most secret of the western democracies With luck it could well end in the death of the Official Secrets Act especially its heavy handed suppression of any former spy who wants to write about their days in the service Read the full article Miserable failure leaves spies out in the cold September 16 2001 The Western intelligence community is facing its biggest shake up since the end of the Cold War After the CIA s miserable failure to predict the terrorist attack on the United States its director George Tenet will either resign or be forced to do so and questions will surely be asked in Britain about the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 and the Security Service MI5 All will be asked to come up with plans for slimmer more efficient services to face the challenges of the 21st century so different from the comparatively simple

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    distinguished works that were to follow among them Gallipoli The Russian Revolution the White Nile the Blue Nile and the Fatal Impact 0 comments All mates in a place of marvels September 16 2000 2 comments in Australia review Review of Australia a biography of a nation by Jan Morris This book is a grand encapsulation of all Australia past and present It evokes in me just the emotions Australia itself evokes It astonishes me it shocks me it entertains me it saddens me it bewilders me it makes me think there s rather too much of it and it makes me proud for who could not be proud for Australia who has seen the Southern Cross flying floodlit at midnight on Sydney Harbour Bridge 2 comments I used to be a war a year man Don McCullin May 11 2000 1 comment in Articles General journalism On the way down to Somerset to see the famous photographer Don McCullin for a man to man chat about war women and the meaning of life I recalled that the last time we had done this was in the back of a taxi on the road between Suez and Cairo The Six Day War was about to start and our attempt to get to the likely scene of action had been thwarted by our treacherous taxi driver He handed us over to the Egyptian security police who sent us packing On the long drive back we reminisced about our early days in journalism McCullin said that his break had not been as legend has it The Observer photographs of a youth gang in his home suburb of Finsbury Park north London but of something much more in keeping with his subsequent career 1 comment Gun culture January 1 2000 0 comments in Articles Australia The scene is familiar to everyone who has watched a Hollywood Western The lone cowboy has just made camp and is heating his beans and brewing his coffee when a cloud of dust on the horizon or the distance sound of hoofbeats indicates that someone is approaching The cowboy douses his fire and immediately reaches for his gun 0 comments The Notting Hill where Peter Mandelson doesn t live January 1 1999 0 comments in Articles miscellaneous The Notting Hill Gate where I have lived for the past forty years is a very different place than the one portrayed in newspapers during the Peter Mandelson affair There may be a few stars of politics stage screen radio TV the modelling and fashion world who have chosen Notting Hill often in the hope of a quiet time but there are also a lot of hard working ordinary people just getting on with their lives who are none too happy to see their neighbourhood described as exclusive chic fashionable trendy 0 comments Chequebook journalism June 8 1990 0 comments in Articles journalism My diary for June 8 1990 reads 2pm Inn on the Park hotel American TV interviewing me for

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    reporter s life From inauspicious beginnings as a seaman vacuum cleaner salesman and South Sea Island trader he went on to work for the notorious foul mouthed Australian newspaper magnate Ezra Norton whose lurid tabloid became the model for the Sun and the New York Post Eventually Knightley moved to England and wriggled his way on to the staff of the Sunday Times just as it entered its golden years Twice winner of the Journalist of the Year award he covered some of the most dramatic and ground breaking stories of his time exposing the cynical double dealing of Thalidomide reporting on the shadowy machinations of the Profumo scandal and unravelling the Hitler Diaries fiasco Knightley s investigations into the world of espionage led to an extraordinary correspondence with Kim Philby the spy who betrayed a generation and he became one of the few journalists to get access to Philby in Russia Buy A Hack s Progress UK US Read the full article An Affair of State The Profumo Case and the Framing of Stephen Ward 1987 May 6 1998 An Affair of State The Profumo Case and the Framing of Stephen Ward examines the scandal that shook the British government in 1963 and tells how the establishment tried to hush it up by framing a society osteopath on procuring charges The book presents new evidence to clear Stephen Ward who committed suicide following his involvement in the scandal of espionage Based on Ward s own tapes and writings numerous interviews and previously classified FBI documents this fast paced book brings one of the most fascinating scandals of the 20th century back to life Buy An Affair of State The Profumo Case UK US Read the full article The Rise and Fall of the House of Vestey 1993 November 25 1993 The Rise and Fall of the House of Vestey The True Story of How Britain s Richest Family Beat the Taxman and Came to Grief Until 1991 the Vestey family had virtually disappeared from the news from being Britain s wealthiest family they had slipped out of the top ten Then they made the headlines again as the older generation Sam and Edmund were kicked out and replaced by 30 year old Tim The City said that their old fashioned ways had cost them their share of the meat market The House of Vestey looked as though it could go under a case of clogs to clogs in two generations Buy The Rise and Fall of the House of Vestey UK US Read the full article Chequebook journalism June 8 1990 My diary for June 8 1990 reads 2pm Inn on the Park hotel American TV interviewing me for documentary on Rudolf Hess Allow for three hours filming Then after this in angry red ink I have written Terrible argument over my request for payment of 250 for my interview Producer says all American TV companies have banned cheque book journalism What a joke All that summer the American

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    the international efforts made to save Venice from sinking and how they were frustrated by Italian governments When Venice was founded in the 421 the level of the Adriatic was 16 feet lower than today For centuries the water level rose very slowly but that rate has increased in the last century with the weight of the buildings drivings them into the seabed Buy The Death of Venice UK US Read the full article Next Entries Recent Comments Monica Weller on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head First casualty of war on The First Casualty 2004 Weekend Reads The MASTER CHEF that made modern restaurants possible Know Q Out on Why Wikileaks has changed journalism forever Gross comments Malcolm Redfellow s Home Service on The First Casualty 2004 John Knowlman on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head Categories Articles 62 Australia 7 journalism 22 miscellaneous 5 propaganda 15 review 10 spying 20 terrorism 8 war 2 Books 12 General 4 Tags 9 11 al Jazeera al Qaeda australia bbc bin Laden blair blunt burgess Bush campbell cia england evatt foundation FBI GCHQ hutton inquiry independent iraq james bond JIC John Reid journalism journalist kgb kim philby labour lawrence

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