Mingling with staff and fellow students beneath the Gothic vaulting of Chicksands Priory in Bedfordshire, the avuncular Herman Simm was his usual amiable self as he chatted and maybe even flirted a little with the ladies.
There are few places in Britain as hush-hush as this corner of Bedfordshire, home of Britain’s top secret Defence Intelligence Service. It was a special privilege for him to be there — and he was determined to make the most of the opportunity.
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Story by Edward Lucas – Daily Mail
During the Cold War, Canada was not spared the Red Scare that swept through the United States after World War II. David Levy recounts one of the most fascinating Cold War espionage cases to hit the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa in his new book, . Robert Fulford of the National Post writes about Levy’s book:
For just one moment in history, Canada found itself at the dangerous centre of global politics. That was in 1945, when Igor Gouzenko left the Russian embassy in Ottawa with documents proving the Soviet Union was spying on Canada with the help of Canadian communists.
Gouzenko’s revelations were the opening shot in the Cold War. A new book, by David Levy, takes a rambling, anecdotal approach to a major figure in the story, the only Canadian member of Parliament ever convicted of conducting espionage for a foreign state.
Official Ottawa reacted badly to the news that there were spies in its midst. The government arrested the suspects and locked them up for weeks, without access to lawyers or families. They were paraded before a secret royal commission and persuaded to incriminate themselves. Gouzenko was given a new identity to protect him from Soviet assassins but the Mounties leaked nasty stories about him. For decades journalists treated him as a money-grubbing clown rather than the hero that he was.
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The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) or Federal Intelligence Service, is the foreign intelligence agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The predecessor of the BND was the German Abteilung Fremde Heere Ost or the eastern military intelligence agency led by Wehrmacht Major General Reinhard Gehlen. During World War II, its main purpose was to collect information on the Red Army. In 1946 Gehlen set up an intelligence agency informally known as the Gehlen Organization or simply “The Org” and recruited, initially quite modestly, some of his former co-workers, operatives of Wilhelm Canaris’ Abwehr, but he also recruited from the former Sicherheitsdienst, SS and Gestapo. The organization worked almost exclusively for the CIA, which contributed funding, equipment, cars, gasoline and other materials. On 1 April 1956 the Bundesnachrichtendienst was created from the Gehlen Organization, and transferred to the West German government. Reinhard Gehlen became President of the BND and remained its head until 1968. Natalia Drozdiak of Reuters reports on how a notorious Nazi officer worked for the BND for years, even as Nazi Hunters were searching for him.
A high-ranking Nazi officer, who helped develop a mobile gas chamber, became a spy for West Germany after World War Two and went on a training course for the BND intelligence agency despite German warrants for his arrest, BND archives showed.
“In hindsight, the recruitment of Walther Rauff is politically and morally incomprehensible,” said BND historian Bodo Hechelhammer on Monday.
Rauff, who was a top SS security officer in Nazi Germany, was a BND agent in South America between 1958 and 1962, earning more than 70,000 Deutsche marks (about $18,000), Hechelhammer said. Rauff died in Chile in 1984 having evaded attempts to bring him to justice.
The BND, formed after World War Two with the help of the United States, even sent money to pay for Rauff’s legal fees when he fought extradition from Chile to face war crimes.
After the defeat of the Nazis in 1945 Rauff fled to South America, where he was recruited by the BND. He operated under the name of Enrico Gomez and was assigned to report on Fidel Castro, a mission that turned out to be futile because he was denied entry into Cuba.
Deep in the silence of Australia’s Outback desert an imposing American spy post set up at the height of the Cold War is now turning its attention to Asia’s growing armies and arsenals.
Officially designated United States territory and manned by agents from some of America’s most sensitive intelligence agencies, the Pine Gap satellite station has been involved in some of the biggest conflicts in modern times.
But its role in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, and in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, had been little recognised until one of its most senior spies broke ranks recently to pen a tell-all account.
Read More at AFP: US eyes Asia from secret Australian base.
Story by Amy Coopes – AFP
Unlike any other figure in fashion history, Coco Chanel continues to hold a fascination decades after her death. An orphan who scaled the heights of French haute couture, she introduced women to jersey sportswear and created the little black dress. She was also a German spy during World War II, according to Hal Vaughan’s new book, “.”
To make his case, Vaughan, a U.S. journalist and historian, cites newly declassified documents and French, American, German and English archives. The book’s central claim is that she was not merely a passive collaborator but actually an agent of the Abwehr German intelligence agency with her own code name — Westminster, after her former lover the Duke of Westminster — who conducted secret missions to Berlin and Madrid.
Story by Booth Moore – San Jose Mercury News