Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989 by Jonathan Haslam, Karina Urbach

By Jonathan Haslam, Karina Urbach

The heritage of mystery intelligence, like mystery intelligence itself, is fraught with problems surrounding either the reliability and completeness of the resources, and the motivations at the back of their release—which might be the manufactured from ongoing propaganda efforts in addition to pageant between firms. certainly, those problems result in the Scylla and Charybdis of overestimating the significance of mystery intelligence for international coverage and statecraft and likewise underestimating its significance in those comparable areas—problems that commonly beset the particular use of mystery intelligence in glossy states. yet in contemporary many years, conventional views have given floor and judgments were revised in mild of recent evidence.

This quantity brings jointly a suite of essays heading off the conventional pitfalls whereas engaging in the fundamental activity of interpreting the hot facts about the background of the ecu kingdom procedure of the final century. The essays provide an array of perception throughout international locations and throughout time. jointly they spotlight the serious value of the existing household circumstances—technological, governmental, ideological, cultural, financial—in which intelligence operates. A willing interdisciplinary eye interested by those advancements leaves us with a much more whole figuring out of mystery intelligence in Europe than we have now had ahead of.

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GC&CS was technically weak, and it was hard to get the authorities interested in such matters. Radio interception in Britain was, for example, badly neglected. Britain was nonetheless much ahead of the Russians. R. 51 24 “Humint” by Default and the Problem of Trust After the outbreak of war and on information supplied by the defecting NKVD officer Walter Krivitsky, in October 1939, Captain John King, a Foreign Office cipher clerk, was arrested, tried, and sentenced for selling keys to the Russians.

Khaustov et al. (Moscow, 2003), 77–78. 28. L. Helfand, debriefed by Strang at the Foreign Office, July 1952, KV/2/2681, National Archives, Kew, UK. 29. For the latest research on the British side, see C. Andrew, The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 (London, 2010), 148–152. Here Andrew had changed his mind completely from a view he originally expressed in the Historical Journal, 1977 (20): 673–706, where he argued that the permanent undersecretary at the Foreign Office would never have lied about the letter’s provenance; a position sustained despite E.

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