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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Dated, 23 Sep 2010
This review is from: Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer (Hardcover)
I read the book basically hot off the press when it was banned in the UK in 1987.

Then a scintillating read, now, it is still a good read but dated and there are suggestions that some incidents have been embellished to read better.

'Treachery' by Chapman Pincher is an update on the Cambridge 5 and a excellent read even though some of what is written has been in the public domain for years.
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2011 21:57:36 BDT
Electroteddy says:
governments do not try to ban books for nothing. The legal case was thown out because it was proven that the UK representitive was lying in court. Why would this be? Unless there was truth in the book, or it would lead to other items that the government really would not like to be revealed.
Peter Wright was a real MI5 operative, highly placed to be "in the know". These armchair experts with no access to the official documents try to run down actual MI5 high ranking officer because it doesn't fit in with their theories.
I know who I beleive.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011 22:09:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Sep 2011 22:11:27 BDT
P. Waller says:
It was more to do with the government of the day than security. The book was going to be published out of UK as it was and the government knew full well that there was nothing they could do about it. I had a copy within 7 days of it being on the market. Having worked on the periphery of the intelligence world for 40 years prior to retirement I do have a good insight.
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