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Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders, and Cover-ups: Six Decades of Espionage Against America and Great Britain

Chapman Pincher.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.45 inches
ISBN 9781400068074
Pages/Publication Date 679/2009
Daedalus Item Code 32778
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British intelligence journalist Chapman Pincher possesses a long-standing reputation in his homeland for writing alarmingly accurate reports on secret meetings, defense policy, and espionage. His 1981 book Their Trade Is Treachery was a sensation when it appeared, and was the first to suggest that former MI5 director Roger Hollis leaked information to the Soviets for decades. Here Pincher mines a huge cache of recently released documents to detail and support his accusations, including an explosive assertion that, long after Hollis stepped down, a cover-up was perpetrated at the highest levels, and that even Margaret Thatcher was induced to mislead Parliament and prevent the truth from coming out.

"It is no longer a secret that not only Britain's defense plans but also top-secret information provided by the U.S. were systematically pipelined from London to Moscow. The Soviets' consistent success in the intelligence war has usually been seen as a combination of skill and luck. In this history of 60 years of espionage, Pincher, a highly regarded British expert on intelligence and espionage, makes convincing use of recently released Soviet records to assert that British counterintelligence failed through the work of a supermole: Roger Hollis, MI5's director from 1956 to 1965. The accusation is four decades old, and conspiracy theories of this kind are notably difficult to substantiate. Pincher comes as close as possible absent complete, systematic access to Russian archives. He establishes credible connections among significant coincidences, counterproductive actions, and inactions in Hollis's career, from the failure to expose Soviet agent Kim Philby to systematic discrediting of Soviet defectors. Arguably more valuable is Pincher's account of the longstanding refusal of British intelligence to disturb its inner dynamic by thoroughly investigating the case: Operation Cover-Up goes on forever."Publishers Weekly

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