By Nigel West

The A to Z of British Intelligence bargains perception into the historical past and operations of British Intelligence via its greater than 1,800 entries, protecting an unlimited and sundry forged of characters: the spies and their handlers, the moles and defectors, the political leaders, the head brass, the strategies and jargon, and the numerous diverse workplaces and companies. coated are also the organisations; major contributors and admired personalities; operations, together with double agent and deception campaigns; and occasions, utilizing the main updated declassified fabric, yet written in a mode for the pro and common reader alike. this article good points sixteen black-and-white images, an intensive chronology, and a entire bibliography.

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Agee’s unwelcome activities in London resulted in his deportation in June 1977 after lengthy legal hearings, and thereafter he was expelled from France, the Netherlands, and Germany. S. passport was withdrawn in 1979, but he was allowed to return to the United States in 1987, using a Nicaraguan passport, to promote his book On the Run and was never prosecuted. He now runs a successful, Web-based travel information company promoting tourism in Cuba. AGENT OF INFLUENCE. Whereas a spy requires access to classified information or undertakes clandestine assignments for an espionage network, agents of influence concentrate on peddling propaganda without overtly declaring their commitment to a cause.

In July 1943, two Royal Air Force (RAF) officers, Tony Neel and Andy Hands, were dropped, and in August four teams were launched on the same day in two Halifaxes from Derna: SCULPTOR, led by Major Bill Tilman; SCONCE, by Major George Seymour; SAPLING, by Major Gerry Field; and STEPMOTHER, by Peter Kemp. Together these missions, attached to large mixed bands of Communist irregulars, Italian deserters, and Bulgarian stragglers harried the occupying forces by setting ambushes and organizing raids on local enemy garrisons.

MI5 subsequently concluded that Agent 19 was probably the Czech prime minister, Eduard Benes. ARNIKA. Code name for the intelligence supplied by Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, the GRU spy arrested in 1962 and executed the following year. Penkovsky’s access to Soviet missile handbooks provided the Secret Intelligence Service and the Central Intelligence Agency with invaluable insight into Soviet missile strengths and revealed the distinctive trapezoid configuration of surface-to-air missile sites that proved so useful during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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