Michael Evans

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Evans, Michael. "British Spies Caught in the Web Poised to Flee." Times (London), 14 May 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"A number of MI6 officers working undercover in non-Nato countries may have to be withdrawn urgently after the naming of 115 alleged British spies on a California website.... All those named have been warned of the dangers and emergency discussions were underway in Whitehall [on 13 May 1999] to decide who should be recalled. However, it was emphasised that the publication of so many names, some of whom were not even connected to MI6, did not mean their intelligence days were over. Even in the Cold War, spies expelled from Moscow continued their careers elsewhere."


Evans, Michael. "Don't Be Surprised by Short Claims." Times (London), 26 Feb. 2004. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"The United Nations headquarters in New York is probably the most bugged office in the world because it contains delegates from nearly every country. No one in a senior or even junior position in the UN HQ will be unaware of this fact."


Evans, Michael. "Double Dealing Aided the Allies." Times (London), 17 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

The minutes of the XX Committee, "which masterminded the wartime double cross agents," were released by the Public Record Office on 16 September 1999. The minutes "reveal more details of the way the Germans were fooled," showing that the "greatest double cross agent of them all,... Juan Pujol Garcia, codenamed Garbo, played the crucial part in deceiving the Germans over Allied plans for the invasion of Normandy."

[UK/WWII/Services/MI5/Gen & DocRelease; WWII/Eur/D-Day]

Evans, Michael. "Ex-Secret Agent is New 'C' of MI6." Times (London), 26 Feb. 1999. [http://www.the- times.co.uk]

British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook announced on 25 February 1999 that Richard Dearlove, 54, will succeed Sir David Spedding as head of MI6 in September 1999. Dearlove is at present director of operations and assistant chief of MI6.

Click for the FCO press release on Dearlove's APPOINTMENT. See also, Michael Smith, "Assistant Chief Is Named as the New Head of MI6," Telegraph (London), 26 Feb. 1999.


Evans, Michael. "Ex-TA Soldier, Peter Hill, Is Bailed in Russian Espionage Inquiry." Times (London), 12 Nov. 2007. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

Peter Hill, a "former Territorial Army soldier," was arrested on 7 November 2007 on suspicion of attempting "to pass classified military material to the Russians." He will be charged "under the 1883 Explosive Substances Act after items were removed from residential and business addresses..., including sodium chlorate, hexamine tablets and a metal tube. Police and security sources confirmed that he had initially been arrested under the Official Secrets Act."


Evans, Michael. "Government Fears that Rogue Website Might Put Lives at Risk." Sunday Times (London), 13 May 1999. [http://www.sunday-times.co.uk]

"Urgent legal moves were ordered [on 12 May 1999] after an American website published the names of a 'large number' of serving MI6 intelligence officers.... The list of MI6 names and other details about the intelligence service were regarded as a serious security breach.... Although the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, known as 'C', currently Richard Dearlove, is formally named by the Government on his appointment, no other members of the service are ever officially identified."


Evans, Michael. "Half of MI6's Spending 'Still Kept A Secret.'" Times (London), 17 Mar. 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

According to Stephen Dorril, MI6's "biggest secret ... is that it spends at least twice the amount officially registered with Parliament.... The additional expenditure is buried in the budgets of other government departments, despite claims by the Treasury that all spending by the security and intelligence services is now included in a combined published figure.... The official combined budget for MI6, MI5 and GCHQ ... is £776 million, of which some £150 million is spent on MI6." Dorril "claims that the real MI6 figure is more than double."


Evans, Michael. "IRA Mole: Life of Fear Awaits Unmasked Agent Seeking Fresh Identity." Times (London), 12 May 2003. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"Running agents in Northern Ireland has always been a high-risk operation.... However, the skill and professionalism of the agent-runners and the courage of those under their control inside the terrorist organisations have helped to develop an extraordinary network of moles. Stakeknife was one of the most prized agents but he was not unique. Others agents have survived unmasked for years. He was the prime agent for the Army's Force Research Unit (FRU) and his identity was known to only a handful of people."


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