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  • london
    0 comments in Articles journalism 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 documentary producer had pursued me around the world She had telephoned me several times in London to pick your brains on various theories about Hess Hitler s deputy who had suicided or been murdered in Spandau prison Berlin three years earlier A couple of months after the first call she rang me twice in Australia once at 3am Sorry we couldn t work out the time difference The good news was that the programme was definitely going ahead The crew would be flying to Berlin and then would be coming to London Could I hold myself free to do my interview some time in June 0 comments 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

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  • maclean
    spying Before it has even been screened a new BBC drama series is under attack for turning the Cambridge spies into glamorous heroes The spies Kim Philby Donald Maclean Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt used their privileged positions in the British establishment to pass secrets to the Russians for thirty years Hitherto they have been labelled sordid traitors but the BBC drama due to hit our screens next month treats them so sympathetically that one Russian defector Oleg Gordievsky says it might as well have been made in Moscow 0 comments 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

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  • MI5
    letter the telephone tap and the bribe all mixed in with a dash of blackmail and coercion 0 comments Was Diana under surveillance by MI5 Yes October 21 2003 1 comment in Articles spying Before her death six years ago was Princess Diana under surveillance by watchers from MI5 the British Security Service Yes Did MI5 have a file on her Yes Were her telephone calls bugged Yes Were there in the Queen s words powers at work in this country of which we have no knowledge Yes Did MI5 or these mysterious powers murder Diana Emphatically no 1 comment Spinning the spooks a Downing Street disaster June 1 2003 0 comments in Articles propaganda spying The secret battle that has been raging in the secret world over the way the British government is trying to politicise our intelligence services is now in the open The outcome will decide the path that the Security Service MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 will take for the rest of this century At the heart of the fight is a simple question what are intelligence services for The traditional view is that since they owe allegiance to the realm and not the government of the day they are there to report as objectively and as dispassionately as possible what they believe to be the state of the world The government s view is that like any other department they are there to do whatever is required of them to support government policy 0 comments To be gripped by fear is to lose the battle October 27 2002 0 comments in Articles terrorism If you go to the opera you risk being taken hostage If you go on holiday you might be blown up If you stop for petrol you could be shot by a sniper Open a letter does it contain anthrax What s going on these days Where will the next outrage be People feel a sense of unease and a loss of innocence Safer and happier times they believe are now gone for ever But is life really more dangerous or are we becoming wimps At the height of the Cold War even the bitterest enemies of the Soviet Union had one good word to say about the Communists They were hot on law and order Moscow was one of the safest cities in the world especially for foreign visitors There were no muggers there was no street crime and there was great civic pride Only after the collapse of the Soviet Union did the truth emerge Moscow was actually one of the world s more dangerous cities Visitors thought it was safe because the Communist authorities simply suppressed the crime statistics that showed otherwise It was all a matter of perception People perceived Moscow to be safe therefore it was 0 comments Book review Open Secret The Autobiography of the Former Director General of MI5 October 1 2001 1 comment in Articles review spying The importance of this book

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  • mi6
    easy You go out into the world and try to uncover dangers that threaten your nation You recruit agents bribe and blackmail people in the know put all this into a report give it a reliability assessment and then hope that it makes its way to someone with the power to act on it It s a sexy well paid job certainly not nine to five with a reasonable pension and like the mafia secret recognition from those in the know There are downsides lots of moral dilemmas the shame of using people bitter bureaucratic infighting and the constant nagging doubt about whether it makes any difference to the bigger picture 0 comments Was Diana under surveillance by MI5 Yes October 21 2003 1 comment in Articles spying Before her death six years ago was Princess Diana under surveillance by watchers from MI5 the British Security Service Yes Did MI5 have a file on her Yes Were her telephone calls bugged Yes Were there in the Queen s words powers at work in this country of which we have no knowledge Yes Did MI5 or these mysterious powers murder Diana Emphatically no 1 comment Spinning the spooks a Downing Street disaster June 1 2003 0 comments in Articles propaganda spying The secret battle that has been raging in the secret world over the way the British government is trying to politicise our intelligence services is now in the open The outcome will decide the path that the Security Service MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 will take for the rest of this century At the heart of the fight is a simple question what are intelligence services for The traditional view is that since they owe allegiance to the realm and not the government of the day they are there to report as objectively and as dispassionately as possible what they believe to be the state of the world The government s view is that like any other department they are there to do whatever is required of them to support government policy 0 comments To be gripped by fear is to lose the battle October 27 2002 0 comments in Articles terrorism If you go to the opera you risk being taken hostage If you go on holiday you might be blown up If you stop for petrol you could be shot by a sniper Open a letter does it contain anthrax What s going on these days Where will the next outrage be People feel a sense of unease and a loss of innocence Safer and happier times they believe are now gone for ever But is life really more dangerous or are we becoming wimps At the height of the Cold War even the bitterest enemies of the Soviet Union had one good word to say about the Communists They were hot on law and order Moscow was one of the safest cities in the world especially for foreign visitors There were no muggers there was

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  • NSA
    collapse of communism something which incidentally came as a complete surprise to every Western intelligence service left them desperate to find ways of justifying their existence 0 comments How Britain and the US keep watch on the world February 27 2004 0 comments in Articles spying From the National Security Agency s imposing headquarters at Fort Meade Maryland ringed by a double chain fence topped by barbed wire with strands of electrified wire between them America bugs the world Nothing politically or militarily significant whether mentioned in a telephone call in a conversation in the office of the secretary general of the United Nations Kofi Annan or in a company fax or e mail escapes its attention Its computers measured in acres occupied by them rather than simple figures vacuum the entire electromagnetic spectrum homing in on key words which may suggest something of interest to NSA customers is being conveyed 0 comments 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 of arabia london maclean MI5 mi6 NSA pentagon rugby rumsfeld saddam hussein scarlett sis spy spying sunday times terrorism thalidomide war Amazon co

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  • pentagon
    or changed public perception so radically 0 comments History or bunkem April 1 2003 0 comments in Articles journalism propaganda The Pentagon made it clear from the beginning of the war against Iraq that there would be no censorship What it failed to say was that war correspondents might well find themselves in a situation similar to that in Korea in 1950 This was described by one American correspondent as the military saying You can write what you like but if we don t like it we ll shoot you The figures in Iraq tell a terrible story Fifteen media people dead with two missing presumed dead If you consider how short the campaign was Iraq will be notorious as the most dangerous war for journalists ever This is bad enough But and here we tread on delicate ground it is a fact that the largest single group of them appear to have been killed by the American military 0 comments 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 of arabia london maclean MI5 mi6 NSA pentagon rugby rumsfeld saddam hussein scarlett sis spy

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  • rugby
    The team paid tribute to Australia s gallant effort English supporters joined Australians in singing Waltzing Matilda in the stands after the match Yes the Australian press reported the result under the headline Read This And Weep and many did But they were often consoled by English fans who know only too well what it is like to be gutted by your team s defeat 0 comments Can we survive six weeks of Australia October 11 2003 0 comments in Articles Australia We can handle six weeks of World Cup rugby but can we survive six weeks of Australia Here s a country just a little over 100 years old and with only 20 million people that is a world leader in so many fields and not afraid to boast about it Six weeks of seeing and hearing confident optimistic Australians enjoying their life in their Spring sunshine as our winter closes in may be too much even for Rugby fans 0 comments 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 of arabia london maclean MI5 mi6 NSA pentagon rugby rumsfeld saddam hussein scarlett

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  • rumsfeld
    building the New York Stock Exchange and the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank buildings in Washington American banks in London could also be targets 0 comments Doomsday for James Bond August 24 2003 1 comment in Articles propaganda spying James Bond and his masters will never be the same again The changes in the relationship between the British intelligence community and the government revealed by the Hutton Inquiry are for better or worse here to stay Intelligence bureaucracies such as Britain s Secret Intelligence Service SIS and America s Central Intelligence Agency have traditionally seen their role as identifying monsters Their officers go out into the world keep their eyes and ears open and return with warnings for their masters of threats to the well being of the nation they serve 1 comment Spinning the spooks a Downing Street disaster June 1 2003 0 comments in Articles propaganda spying The secret battle that has been raging in the secret world over the way the British government is trying to politicise our intelligence services is now in the open The outcome will decide the path that the Security Service MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 will take for the rest of this century At the heart of the fight is a simple question what are intelligence services for The traditional view is that since they owe allegiance to the realm and not the government of the day they are there to report as objectively and as dispassionately as possible what they believe to be the state of the world The government s view is that like any other department they are there to do whatever is required of them to support government policy 0 comments Recent Comments Monica Weller on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head First

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