Posts Tagged ‘MI5’

MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

The latest files to be released by the National Archives include one on Kinsgley Amis - the former novelist and critic who was knighted in 1990.  Amis was a member of the Communist party while at Oxford university in June 1941, though he renounced Marxism in 1956-7.  MI5's monitoring of ...
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Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Long answer: probably, with an ‘if’. Short answer: yes, with a ‘but’. A recently-published report into the terrorism in Britain in the run-up to this year’s general election has found that the Manchester bombing might have been prevented. The review says that MI5 had planned to discuss the potential threat ...
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Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards 3 - The Final Cut

Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards 3 – The Final Cut

In our review of the final season of the original House of Cards, Pearse and I discuss whether Urquhart is a psychopath, or someone so brutalised by the military and ruling class life that he is indistinguishable from one. We look at The Final Cut's depiction of British foreign policy ...
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ClandesTime 127 - Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

ClandesTime 127 – Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

Arthur Ransome was a well-known children’s author, best known for his series of adventure books beginning with Swallows and Amazons. He was also close friends with the Bolshevik leadership and married Trotsky’s secretary. Meanwhile, he was spying for British intelligence, and being spied on by British intelligence as a suspected ...
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Arthur Ransome's MI5 files

Arthur Ransome’s MI5 files

Arthur Ransome was a very well-known author of children's books, best known for his series beginning with Swallows and Amazons.  He was also a spy for British intelligence and a close enough friend to the Bolshevik leadership that he married Leon Trotsky's secretary.  These security service files show how for ...
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ClandesTime 123 - Buster Crabb

ClandesTime 123 – Buster Crabb

Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, OBE, was a Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver who disappeared while on an underwater spying mission in April 1956. For three quarters of a century the story around Crabb has remained a mystery – was he killed by the Soviets, whose ship he was spying on? ...
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ClandesTime 122 - The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury

ClandesTime 122 – The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury

In 2004 three men were arrested in the UK for trying to buy red mercury – a trigger for a nuclear bomb – from an undercover journalist working with British intelligence. This plot inspired multiple films and TV programmes and the resulting trial cost over £1 million. The problem is ...
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London Terror and the General Election (video)

London Terror and the General Election (video)

A mini-documentary I made about the terror attacks on London Bridge and in Borough market last night, and how they fit into a pattern throughout this election campaign.  I summarise events over the last few months, their political relevance and why the conventional explanations do not fit with what we ...
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ClandesTime 111 - The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, ...
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Secret Government file on Intelligence-Supported Documentary The Red Under the Bed

Secret Government file on Intelligence-Supported Documentary The Red Under the Bed

The 1973 ITV documentary The Red Under the Bed helped convict the Shrewsbury 24 by accusing them of being communists for their role in leading the 1972 Building Workers Strike.  A file from the office of then-Prime Minister Ted Heath confirms that the documentary was not just encouraged by the ...
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