By Christopher Andrew
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An exceptional publishing occasion: to mark the centenary of its origin, the British safeguard carrier, MI5, has for the 1st time opened its records to an self sustaining historian. The publication finds the suitable function of the safety carrier in twentieth-century British heritage, from its beginning via Captain Kell of the British military in October 1909, via global wars, as much as and together with its current roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism. The e-book describes how MI5 has been controlled, what its dating has been with govt, the place it has triumphed, and the place it has failed. In all of this no limit has been put on the judgments made via the author.
Defend the world also provides considerably to our wisdom of many celebrated occasions and infamous members and definitively lays to relaxation a few continual myths. Above all, it indicates where of this formerly super secretive association in the uk. Few books can make such a right away and amazing elevate to our knowing of British historical past during the last century.
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76 The eccentric behaviour of the first four spies to be convicted after the foundation of the Secret Service Bureau – Helm, Schultz, Grosse and Graves – makes it easy to underestimate the actual, and still more the potential, threat from German naval espionage. The final cases which came to court before the outbreak of war make clear that the threat was real. The spy trial of Karl Hentschel and George Parrott in January 1913 was the most sensational so far. Hentschel, a former German merchant seaman, was another in the series of criminal adventurers (though with a less well-developed fantasy world than Graves) who were recruited by ‘N’.
By obtaining HOWs on the intermediaries (‘postmen’), Kell was thus able to penetrate much of the network. 52 As well as handling correspondence, Ernst was also used intermittently by Steinhauer to approach disgruntled seamen who, it was hoped, might be persuaded to provide information on the Royal Navy. Some of his other inquiries were more humdrum. Ernst was asked to obtain a Daily Express article on Steinhauer entitled ‘German Spy Bureau. Chief Organizer and How He Works. A Man of Mystery. 53 On at least one occasion intelligence from the ‘letter checks’ almost led to Steinhauer’s capture.
Pfeiffer’, began corresponding with Devlin, who after a month gave his real name, John Hattrick, and his address in Plymouth. At a meeting with Pfeiffer on 16 May, Hattrick, who was a naval deserter, wrote out and signed an agreement undertaking to find out naval and military information as required by the German government. Next day, while inside Devonport dockyard, he was arrested on a charge of attempting to communicate information to a foreign power. 87 On 18 October he travelled to Hamburg to meet his case officer, ‘Richard’, who handed him the then considerable sum of £500.