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Who the hell do you think spies are? Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx? They’re not. They’re just a bunch of seedy squalid bastards like me. Little men. Drunkards. Queers. Henpecked husbands. Civil servants. Playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their little lives. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1966 starring Richard Burton & Claire Bloom & Oskar Werner & Peter van Eyck & Sam Wanamaker & Rupert Davies & Cyril Cusack & George Voskovec & Michael Hordern & Robert Hardy & Bernard Lee et al, director Martin Ritt
George Blake: Britain’s greatest ever traitor … For the past decade Blake had been feeding top secret information to the Soviets. He had betrayed the names of hundreds of British spies, resulting in many being imprisoned and executed. Inside Wormwood Scrubs s2e2, Channel 5 2018
August 1944 somewhere in eastern France: This woman is about to embark on a clandestine mission behind German lines. She’s a member of the French resistance … Her codename is Millie … A signal-core camera captures the final preparations of her mission … If she fails she risks torture or execution. She represents the thousands of women who played a vital role in all phases of espionage during World War II. Secrets of War s1e3: Women Spies in World War II, Apple TV 1998
By World War I women began to take on a broader role in intelligence gathering. ibid.
Stalin … based his absolute power on his secret police, the NKVD, then the largest intelligence service in the world. Secrets of War s1e27: Stalin’s Spies
1930s: In Europe a wave of mysterious political killings swept through the land. ibid.
He [Stalin] launched mass repression against his own people. ibid.
But in 1942 the letters OSS meant different things to different people: to an outsider they stood for Oh So Secret, an enigmatic shadow organisation of spies and saboteurs, the predecessor to today’s CIA. Secrets of War s1e28: The OSS
The [UK] SOE had recently been formed for the purposes of sabotage and subversion in German occupied territory. ibid.
There was a kind of elite esprit to serving in Intelligence. ibid.
Donovan divided his organisation into two groups: the choirboys – scholars, scientists and propaganda writers who stayed in Washington analyzing information; and the Cowboys – the field agents who roamed the world gathering information behind enemy lines. ibid.
Stalin … already knew a great deal about America’s atom bomb from their extensive spy network in the West. Secrets of War s1e33: The Hunt for Atomic Secrets
Thus was born the Manhattan Project … Los Alamos also attracted unwanted attention … Soviet Intelligence was brilliantly successful. ibid.
Little did Fuchs know he was one of the final links in an elaborate Soviet atomic spy ring in the US. ibid.
[Theodore] Hall had become the second key atomic spy in Los Alamos. ibid.
Gold revealed the identity of another Soviet agent – Harry Greengrass. ibid.
As the prospect for global war grew ever stronger it became critical for president Roosevelt to have solid Intelligence information regarding the activities and intentions of foreign powers. Secrets of War s1e34: Roosevelt’s Spymasters
The OSS prepared to engage in acts of covert aggression and sabotage. American spies were dispatched to the four corners of the globe. ibid.
Devoted to the survival of a modern Jewish state is Israel’s secret agency of espionage – it is known as Mossad. Secrets of War s1e36: Israeli Intelligence
Some Jewish fighters decided to press on, forming their own group to hunt down fugitive Nazi war criminals. ibid.
Joseph Stalin consolidated his grip on the Soviet state by utilizing the newly powerful secret service as his personal instrument of control. Secrets of War s1e38: Cold War: Inside the KGB
By the end of World War II Soviet agents had infiltrated all the world’s major military and political establishments and many of the lesser ones. ibid.
But from its very birth it was evident that Israel had no intention of building a socialist state on the Soviet model … Stalin felt betrayed and turned his wrath on the Jews in his own country. ibid.
‘The KGB regarded killing people abroad as well as in the Soviet Union as a normal part of its operations. It stopped in the early 1960s … the risks of being found out.’ ibid. Christopher Andrew, co-author KGB: The Inside Story
In Moscow, George Blake was rewarded with a large flat and a country house. ibid.
Oleg Gordievsky successfully crossed the Finish border in the trunk of a car. ibid.
The British used stealth and cunning to match the Axis powers. Secrets of War s1e39: British Secret Intelligence in WWII
MI6 was joined by a web of secret agencies. ibid.
MI6 had purchased an old Bletchley Park mansion … a sharp team of brilliant scholars, linguists and mathematicians … but code-breaking alone would not be enough to win the war. ibid.
SOE’s early missions in the War were often plagued by failure. ibid.
An extraordinary campaign of dirty tricks, salacious deed and salacious setups … the enemy of American indifference. ibid.
SOE operatives had successfully parachuted into France and other occupied countries, set up supply-drops and recruited resistance fighters, they had become adept at blowing up bridges, stopping trains, disrupting supply lines and destroying communications equipment. ibid.
Blunt, Cairncross, Maclean, Philby, Burgess: Would become known as the Cambridge Five. The were well-bred highly educated members of Great Britain’s ruling elite. Between 1940 and 1951 they penetrated the highest ranks of Britain’s most important and secret political institutions. They played a secret game ... They were the most successful spy ring in history. Secrets of War: Espionage: The Cambridge Five
Maclean entered the Foreign Office … Burgess would be first Soviet spy to compromise the British Secret Service … Philby’s first assignment in the British Secret Service was in Section D [WWII Dirty Tricks] … It was John Cairncross who would give the Soviets some of the most important secrets of the War … ibid.
In Cairo Maclean finally fell apart. ibid.
By 1952 the spying activities of Burgess, Maclean and Cairncross had been revealed to the authorities. ibid.
Japan had established a network of spies throughout the world. Secrets of War s1e53: Hirohito’s War
All I’m asking you to do is to delay the Inquiry until we get back from Blackpool. Edge of Darkness I II III IV V VI, Trade Union official to Ron, BBC 1985
The whole world’s falling round your ears and you don’t even care. ibid. Emma daughter to Ron in jam-jar
That was Whitehall showing an interest. ibid. chief constable
Did Emma have a boyfriend? He’s a political agitator apparently. ibid. rozzer to Ron
The nuclear deterrent is there to deter all war and it has. ibid. Thatcher on TV
We’re attached to the prime minister’s office … Your daughter: she was some sort of terrorist, wasn’t she? According to her file … Were they after her or were they after you? ibid. Pendleton in jam-jar