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In the Secret War, the Twenty Committee’s Greatest Feat:

Operation Mincemeat (2021) I’ve written about this supreme act of jiggery-pokery before, here. The fact that this story needed retelling in the 21st century should be a warning to us all. And if you wonder why the group is called … Continue reading

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The Greatest Female Spy of All Time?

Mata Hari (August 7, 1876 – October 15, 1917) If you were hoping for something more salacious, you needn’t have come to this post. There are plenty of photos of Mata Hari in various states of undress on the internet. … Continue reading

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The Double Irony of an Agent Mossad called “Angel”

Ashraf Marwan (February 4, 1944 – June 27, 2007) I watched this film on Netflix last night. Other than the fact that almost half of it was subtitled, it proved fascinating viewing. The point-of-view taken by the producers was that … Continue reading

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Spy Film: It’s the Little Things that Matter

A Call To Spy (2019) I watched this film of Netflix last night. I wasn’t sure what I expected, since most spy films are way too glamourized to be believed. So, you can imagine my surprise to see how understated … Continue reading

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When the Americans Liberated Nazi Gold in WWII

XPD by Len Deighton (1981) I’ve been of fan of Len Deighton’s books ever since he first wrote about Harry Palmer in “The Ipcress File”. This new book was never in my paperback library until I was gifted it last … Continue reading

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How a Nazi Industrialist became “Righteous” during WWII

Oskar Schindler (April 28, 1908 – October 9, 1974) By now, everybody knows who Oskar Schindler was: “a German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, the Blake Line Continues into Other Work…

Some Reincarnational Timelines (Part 3) Continuing forward from William Blake, we get the traditional sequence continuing into law enforcement, through John Frederick Parker, Lincoln’s AWOL police guard. One might wonder why William Blake would go this way, and I suspect … Continue reading

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“Until Death Do Us Part”

The Rosenbergs’ Execution (June 19, 1953) So why didn’t Julius save Ethel? The FBI was right: he had recruited spies, so he could easily have given names and probably saved her life, and very possibly his own, too. “Dad’s unwillingness … Continue reading

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How John le Carré Describes George Smiley to His Readers

A Murder of Quality (1962) If you’re like me, you would have probably thoroughly enjoyed the Smiley Trilogy (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “The Honourable Schoolboy” and “Smiley’s People”). But I had never read one of the early books that introduced … Continue reading

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John le Carré’s Last Novel, Published Before His Death

Agent Running in the Field (2019) I love a good spy novel, I must admit. And le Carré‘s brand of convoluted tale is the best, in my opinion. But, as always, I wonder about the naming of said stories. Agent-Running … Continue reading

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