Michael Evans


Evans, Michael. "MI5 Failed to Warn on KGB." Times (London), 14 Jun. 2000. [http:// www.the-times.co.uk]

A report by the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee takes MI5 "to task for failing to seek the advice of the government law officers before deciding against investigating" Melita Norwood, the KGB spy exposed last year.

[UK/PostCW/00; UK/SpyCases/99/Fever]

Evans, Michael. "MI5 Papers: Falcons on the Tail of Enemy." Times (London), 27 Jan. 1999.

According to MI5 files released on 26 January 1996, MI5 was so "concerned about the German secret service using pigeons for transmitting messages in the event of an invasion of England" that falcons were trained to intercept them.


Evans, Michael. "MI5 Papers: Spy Sent to Lure RAF Officers." Times (London), 27 Jan. 1999.

MI5 files released on 26 January 1996 reveal that Vera Eriksen, a 28-year-old former ballet dancer, had only a brief career as a German spy in World War II. Eriksen "landed in a boat on the Scottish coast with two other agents in September 1940, was immediately arrested and was sent to MI5's interrogation centre at Latchmere House on Ham Common, southwest London.... She was interned for the rest of the war."


Evans, Michael. "MI5 Papers: Ustinov's Father Warned of Czech Invasion." Times (London), 27 Jan. 1999.

MI5 files released on 26 January 1999 show that "[a] spy at the German Embassy in London provided crucial intelligence of Hitler's plans to invade Czechoslovakia seven months before its occupation by German forces in March 1939.... Christopher Andrew, an authority on wartime intelligence, [has] disclosed that the spy was Jona Ustinov, known as Klop, father of the actor and writer Peter Ustinov. Klop Ustinov was the press attache at the German Embassy in London before the war."


Evans, Michael. "MI5 Plans 200 Extra Counter-Terrorist Officers to Tackle Home-Grown Threat." Times (London), 5 Jan. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"[A]n injection of extra money from the Treasury" in December 2005 will be spent by the Security Service (MI5) to recruit and train "another 200 intelligence officers to cope with what is recognised to be a rising threat from home-grown terrorists. The intensive recruiting programme will raise staffing levels to 3,200 by 2008, with more than 70 per cent devoted to counter-terrorism operations."


Evans, Michael. "MI5 Spymaster's Book 'Lets the Side Down.'" Times (London), 18 May 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Dame Stella Rimington, is seeking approval to publish a book about her four years as MI5's Director-General. "[M]any senior officials from Whitehall and the intelligence agencies disapproved of her decision."


Evans, Michael. "MI5's Spymaster Jonathan Evans Comes Out of the Shadows." Times (London), 7 Jan. 2009. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

MI5's new Director-General Jonathan Evans on 6 January 2009 "invited reporters into the understated heart of the domestic Security Service community.... The first interview given by a serving head of MI5 covered everything from al-Qaeda and the IRA to the rather animated portrayals of agents in the television series Spooks."


Evans, Michael. "MI6 Ordered to Explain Secrecy over Superspy Files." Times (London), 7 May 2007. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"MI6 has been ordered by a judge to appear at a special public hearing over the case of one of its wartime superspies, whose file is buried in the archives of the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service.... A challenge to [MI6's] policy of secrecy has been made by the nephew of Paul Rosbaud, an Austrian physicist and metallurgist who spied for Britain in the Second World War and provided crucial intelligence on German attempts to build a uranium atomic bomb."

[UK/PostCW/00s/07; UK/WWII/Services/MI6]

Evans, Michael. "Ministers Face Tricky Issue of Need-To-Know." Times (London), 14 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"Telling ministers secrets is one of the most contentious areas in Whitehall. What to tell, when to tell, how much to tell; these are the judgments made every day about what ministers need to know about intelligence matters."

Includes sidebar, "Sixty Years of Secrecy," tracing Melita Norwood's interface with the British security establishment from her recruitment by the KGB in 1937 to 22 April 1999 when the Home Secretary was "told that the Attorney-General had advised that a prosecution would be 'inappropriate.'"


Evans, Michael. "Mystery KGB Agent in the Civil Service 'Is Still Alive.'" Times (London), 14 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"The civil servant codenamed Hunt, who was recruited as a Russian spy by Melita Norwood, is still alive and his identity is known to MI5."


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