23 February, 2013

The Defence of the Realm

To mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has opened its archives to an independent historian. The Defence of the Realm, the book which results, is an unprecedented publication, It reveals the precise role of the Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909 to root out 'the spies of the Kaiser' up to its present role in countering Islamic terrorism. It describes the distinctive ethos of MI5, how the organization has been managed, its relationship with the government, where it has triumphed and where it has failed. In all of this, no restriction has been placed on the judgements made by the author. The book also casts new light on many events and periods in British history, showing for example that though well-placed sources MI5 was probably the pre-war department with the best understanding of Hitler's objectives, and had a remarkable willingness to speak truth to power; how it was so astonishingly successful in turning German agents during the Second World War; and that it had much greater roles than has hitherto been realized during the end of the Empire and in responding to the recurrent fears of successive governments (both Conservative and Labour) and or Cold War Communist subversion. It has new information about the Profumo affair and its aftermath, about the 'Magnificent Five' and about a range of formerly unconfirmed Soviet contacts. It reveals that though MI5 had a file on Harold Wilson it did not plot against him, and it describes what really happened during the failed IRA attack in Gibraltar in March 1988.

22 February, 2013

Crabtree Quote Nº 21

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, baked beans.

The Spy's Handbook

The complete guide to professional spying for 8-to-80-year-olds. Whether you're just a bit nosy, or you want to launch a full-scale investigation of your neighbours, this indispensable handbook will teach you everything you need to know. There are practical sections on codes, ciphers, invisible ink and signalling, as well as guidance on drops and safe houses. This book teaches you how to spot when somebody is lying, and how to lie effectively yourself. There are sections on successful disguise and how to structure a spy ring, including psychological recruitment strategies, psychic surveillance, and spotting moles. And there's technical advice too about constructing bugging devices and setting traps. Herbie Brennan interlaces the facts with anecdotes about real-life spies, making this unique handbook an entertaining armchair read as well as an essential tool for any budding (or currently serving) MI6 operative.

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05 February, 2010

Milford revealed?

Our thanks to Henry Kott for this background piece on Milford:

Crabtree is the son of a Scottish father, Andrew Crabtree of Glenmorangie, and a French mother, Monique Courvoisier. The boy Milford Crabtree spent most of his life abroad, becoming multi-lingual in German and French, because of his father, a salesman, who travelled, in ladies undergarments. Milford becomes an orphan when his parents die in a climbing accident in the Alps, at the age of eleven years.

The Crabtree family motto is sufficit Orbis (Latin for "peace is not enough"). This dates back to an ancestor Thomas Crabtree, although his relationship to Milford Crabtree is not clear. "This is an excellent motto of which I, of course, am proud," said Milford Crabtree curtly. He looked pointedly at his watch. "Now, I'm afraid we really must get to work. I must declare my department."

After the death of his parents, he continues to live with his aunt, Miss Chardonnay Crabtree, in the village of Upper Scrotum, where he completed his pre-school education. He later briefly attended Eton College at around 12 or so, but withdrew after four terms because of problems with a girl from the town. He is said to have lost his virginity at the age of sixteen years on his first visit to Paris. Crabtree is removed from Eton and sent to Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland, to the school of his father. According to Pearson, Crabtree briefly attended the University of Geneva.
Service in the Royal Navy
After university Crabtree joins the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve rising to commander. He maintains this rank in British intelligence.
After joining the RNVR, Crabtree is sent to the United States, Hong Kong, and Jamaica, and joined other organisations such as the SOE or SIS 00-section, or as head of an undercover unit of the Royal Naval mission behind enemy lines at times of hostility.

Crabtree is a civil servant working in the Department of Defence as a Principal Officer, the civilian equivalent of capital appreciation in the Royal Navy.

Crabtree earns his 00 status after two ‘tasks’; first, the murder of a Japanese spy, on the 36th floor of the ARC at the Rockefeller Centre in New York, and for the murder of a Norwegian double agent who betrayed two British agents. Crabtree travels to Stockholm with a knife and killed a man in his sleep.

Milford Crabtree is reserved about his licence to kill, if the mission can be achieved without killing, he will disobey orders and not kill if he doesn’t feel it to be necessary. Milford Crabtree is haunted by memories of a Mexican gunman that he killed with his bare hands early in his career. Crabtree hates those who kill non-combatants, including women. It was part of his profession to kill people. He never wanted to do so, but when he had to kill he did so because he knew how and why. As an undercover officer, who holds the rare Double-O prefix - a licence to kill - it is his duty to be cool and treat death like a surgeon. If it happens, it happens. Regret is unprofessional – “worse still it is the beetle was awaiting death in the soul. Nevertheless, he kills, if necessary. Crabtree has a casual attitude toward his death, acknowledging that he may be killed if captured.