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The Chicken has Come Home to Roost

Donald Trump and the “Lock Her Up” Chant It has been noted before that Trump likes to ‘flash’ the world his confidential information. This image is an example. Other examples, stated previously, include interviews about secret weapons. The American people … Continue reading

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His Last Novel, Published Posthumously

Silverview (2021) The fact that I didn’t know this one existed until a whole year later means that, since John le CarrĂ©’s death in 2020, the publicity machine must have abated somewhat. I read it in one day, all 215 … Continue reading

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The Action is Nonstop, But the Story Never Starts

The Gray Man (2022) Like the arrow in the FedEx logo, The Gray Man title has an ‘x’ in its centre which didn’t show up for me until I saw this video. Now I cannot un-see it. As you can … Continue reading

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How Operation Mincemeat was Hatched:

The Downing of BOAC Flight 777 (June 1, 1943) I was reading an entry about Leslie Howard this morning, and it was suggesting that the German High Command had targeted this flight because of his presence onboard. It was probably … Continue reading

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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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