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Old 03-10-2014, 07:11 PM   #1
lightgiver
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Lightbulb Where the Spies Are


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For years I had wondered what the last day would be like. In January 1976 after 2 decades in the top echelons of the British Security Service, MI5, it was time to rejoin the real world..I emerged for the final time from Euston Road tube station.. The winter sun shone brightly as I made my way down Gower Street toward Trafalgar Square..50 yards on I turned into the unmarked entrance to an anonymous office block. Tucked between an art college and a hospital stood the unlikely headquarters of British Counterespionage...

After lunch I set to work on the combination boxes, pulling them out from the back of the safe one by one. The first contained technical details of microphones and radio receivers - remnants of my time in the 1950s as MI5's first scientific officer. I arranged for the contents to be sent over to the Technical Department. An hour later the head of the Department came over to thank me. He was very much the modern government scientist: neat, cautious, and constantly in search of money.

"They were just odd things I kept," I said. "I don't suppose you'll have much use for them. It's all satellites now, isn't it?"..I realized then that MI5 officers, cocooned throughout the war in their hermetic buildings, had rarely experienced the thrill of a technical advance...



Eventually my secretary came in and handed me 2 blue books. "Your diaries," she said, and together we shredded them into the burn bag beside my desk until it was time for the final ritual...

4 days later I went to Leconfield House for my selection Board.. The frosted-glass partition in the alcove slid back and a pair of eyes scrutinized me carefully...

"My view, Mr Wright, is that I am not sure we need an animal like you in the Security Service." He paused to deliver his punch line: "But if you are prepared to give it a try, so are we"..

After lunch I made my way back along the 5th floor for the routine interview with the Personnel Director, John Marriott. During the war Marriott had served as Secretary to the Double Cross Committee, the body responsible for MI5's outstanding wartime success - the recruitment of dozens of double agents inside Nazi intelligence. After the war he served with Security Intelligence Middle East (SIME) before returning to Leconfield House.. He was a trusted bureaucrat...

"Just wanted to have a chat - a few personal details, that sort of thing," he said, giving me a distinctive Masonic handshake.. I realized then why my father, who was also a Mason, had obliquely raised joining the brotherhood when I first discussed with him working for MI5 full-time...

"Need to make sure you're not a Communist, you understand".."Ever been queer, by any chance?"..Special Branch would like to be us, and we don't want to be them"..

The Watchers who manned these static posts had done the job for years..I suggested that the Watchers expand their selection of action stills..A month or so later, "Squirrel" Nutkin was able to
catch a sight of the target room...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spycatcher
http://www.mi5.com/security/mi5org/spycatcher.htm
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...9&postcount=63What's..what's this about, George?..It's about which master you've been serving, Toby.. There's a mole, right at the top of the Circus.. And he's been there for years...http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...3&postcount=65

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