Gill Bennett

Bennett, Gill. Churchill's Man of Mystery: Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence. London: Routledge, 2006.

From publisher: This study of the "life and career of Desmond Morton (1891-1971), Intelligence officer and personal adviser to Winston Churchill during World War II," is "based on full access to official records." Morton "worked for SIS/MI6 from 1919 to 1934... The fortunes of SIS in the interwar years are described here in unprecedented detail.... Morton had met Churchill on the Western Front in 1916 and supported him throughout the 'wilderness years,' moving to Downing Street as the Prime Minister's Intelligence adviser in May 1940. There he remained in a liaison role, with the intelligence Agencies and with Allied resistance authorities, until the end of the war."

Peake, Studies 51.2 (2007), comments that " [d]espite Desmond Morton's best efforts to remain a very private man, Gill Bennett has produced a fine account that he would probably have admired." See Michael Evans, "The Enigma of an Army Friend Who Was Churchill’s Private Spy," Times (London), 13 Nov. 2006.


Bennett, Gill. "Declassification and Release Policies of the UK's Intelligence Agencies." Intelligence and National Security 17, no.1 (Spring 2002): 21-32.

The author is "Chief Historian at the Foreign & Commenwealth Office [FCO] and Senior Editor of the FCO's official post-war documentary history series, Documents on British Policy Overseas." Here, she discusses "the current policies on declassification and release" of MI5, MI6, and GCHQ.

[RefMats/Release/UK; UK/Overviews/I&NS 17.1]

Bennett, Gill. "A most extraordinary and mysterious business": The Zinoviev Letter of 1924. FCO History Note No. 14. London: FCO, 1999.


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