Archive for the ‘Espionage’ Category

MI5 suspected Doris Lessing of running brothel

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

Cahal Milmo writes:

Early in 1956, an officer from Scotland Yard’s Special Branch voiced his suspicions that a flat in Kensington was being used for “immoral purposes”. Chief among his grounds for concern were frequent visits by “persons of various nationalities” and the fact that its female resident was a “known Communist”.

The potential fifth columnist running an apparent house of ill repute was in fact one Doris Lessing, by then already a novelist of standing, and the “Americans, Chinese, Indians and negroes” visiting her home were attending to discuss the finer points of left-leaning literature and Marxist politics.

The allegation of brothel keeping, which Scotland Yard later begrudgingly admitted was baseless, was just one episode in a near 20-year operation by MI5 and British intelligence to keep Lessing, one of Britain’s most influential novelists who became the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, under surveillance as a suspected subversive.

Secret Grand Jury Testimony From Ethel Rosenberg’s Brother Is Released

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg during their 1951 trial  in New York. They were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage – the government claimed they had stolen the secret to the atomic bomb and all but triggered the Korean War. Credit Associated Press

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg during their 1951 trial in New York. They were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage – the government claimed they had stolen the secret to the atomic bomb and all but triggered the Korean War. Credit Associated Press

Sam Roberts writes:

More than six decades later, the prosecution of Ethel Rosenberg remains one of America’s most controversial criminal cases: Her conviction — and eventual execution — for joining in her husband Julius’s espionage conspiracy rested largely on trial testimony from her younger brother.

But in private testimony to a grand jury seven months before the 1951 trial, Mrs. Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, never mentioned involvement by his sister in Mr. Rosenberg’s delivery of atomic secrets to Soviet operatives, according to a grand jury transcript released Wednesday.

While not definitive proof that he lied at trial, Mr. Greenglass’s omission — and his assertion before the grand jury that he had never even discussed espionage with his sister — provides further evidence to Mrs. Rosenberg’s defenders who believe that she was unfairly convicted, and that her brother, under pressure from prosecutors, had doomed her with concocted testimony to spare his own wife from prosecution.

Cristina Kirchner se reunió con Edward Snowden en Rusia

Cristina Kirchner se reunió con Edward Snowden en Rusia. Foto: Archivo

Cristina Kirchner se reunió con Edward Snowden en Rusia. Foto: Archivo

No estaba en la agenda oficial, pero ocurrió. Sigilosa, la presidenta, Cristina Kirchner, aprovechó su visita a Rusia en abril pasado para reunirse con Edward Snowden, el ex contratista de la CIA que develó en 2013 un programa de espionaje masivo de Estados Unidos sobre sus propios ciudadanos y sobre gobiernos extranjeros. El informático ahora está exiliado en Moscú.

“Snowden se reunión con la presidenta Fernández de Kirchner. Hablaron por más de una hora. No sé por qué ella no ha hecho comentarios públicos al respecto”, señaló al diario Buenos Aires Herald Anthony Romero, director ejecutivo de la Unión Estadounidense por las Libertades Civiles (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés).

“La presidenta Fernández de Kirchner fue la primera jefa de Estado en reunirse con Snowden”, afirmó.

Kim Philby, KGB operative, died today in history: 11 May, 1988

Kim Philby

Kim Philby

Harold Adrian Russell “Kim” Philby (1 January 1912 – 11 May 1988) was a high-ranking member of British intelligence who worked as a double agent before defecting to the Soviet Union in 1963. He served as both an NKVD and KGB operative.

In 1963, Philby was revealed to be a member of the spy ring now known as the Cambridge Five, the other members of which wereDonald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and, possibly, John Cairncross. Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing secret information to the Soviet Union. His activities were moderated only by Joseph Stalin‘s fears that he was secretly on Britain’s side. Philby was an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from 1946 to 1965.

Rebecca West terms Guy Burgess “a terrible bore, a dirty little man”

Guy Burgess

Guy Burgess

In an interview with William F. Buckley Jr., Rebecca West, the UK author, critic and travel writer who died today in history, 15 March, 1983, terms Guy Burgess “a terrible bore, a dirty little man”.