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Catcher in the Spy.,
This review is from: Spycatcher (Mass Market Paperback)
Was this the least read best-seller after the Holy Bible? loads of people got it in the 80's just because Thatcher (see SpyThatcher) banned it. After reading Wrights story, you can see why. It wasn't really to protect any secrets, just to save the face of the British secret service; which from this description has been in the most compromised position imaginable, since the 1930's. Were the Soviets running it afterall?
Wrights story is never-the-less fascinating, at least to begin with. What developed after the second world war in the secret service was nothing really new. Apparently it was poised to defeat Stalins Russia. It turns out that Commies were alkready well inside the service, and that direction continued in open and undisclosed ways (Best known in Blunt and Philby, all detailed where). this book is written from the inside, and Wright tries to exhonerate himself from the terrible smears that such communist infiltration leaves. he charts his own early successes in radio spying technology in the 50's, then gets bogged down in less interesting code breaking systems that were leaked (possibly on purpose!) to the British in the 60's. It sounded like boring work, all that maths, but in the spy business they were over the moon about it. the only other triumph was the conplete success against the UK communist Party. And just look at where they are now. I personally thoink their demise was due to conversions within the party away from communist atheism rather than the expensive MI5 work against them.
MI6 come off as a bunch of clowns in this account, although the hints that the General Secretary of MI5(Hollis) was also working for the Soviets from beginning to end also destroys the reputation of MI5. the account of Hollis's "interrogation" (all very polite and British) asking him as he sits in the comfy chair to confess, sounds inspired by Monty Python. So maybe the British Secret Service was a Flying Circus, and clearly nothing more than a game to those inside, playing competitively against both the Soviets and J.Edgar Hoovers FBI. God knows what the truth is.