Book Review: The Secret History of MI6

By Keith Jeffery; reviewed by Mario Possamai, CPP

A piece of intelligence touted as a “smoking gun” turns out to be a forgery. Improper pressure is exerted on an intelligence analyst to reach the “right” conclusion. Exiles use sophisticated schemes to distribute bogus intelligence to further their own ends.

While reminiscent of allegations that arose in the runup to Operation Iraqi Freedom, these events all occurred decades prior. They are detailed in Keith Jeffery’s authorized history of the first 40 years of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6. The book ably dem­on­strates that many key challenges of intelligence gathering are constant.

(Click here to read the complete review of "The Secret History of MI6: 1909-1949," from July's issue of Security Management)



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