Richard Norton-Taylor


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "Forgotten Spy and Escape Artist Extraordinaire Comes in from the Cold." The Guardian, 31 Mar. 2010. []

"His exploits as a secret agent put fictional heroes to shame. His bravery and sheer physical resilience were remarkable.... Forest Frederic Edward Yeo-Thomas -- the White Rabbit, Seahorse and Shelley were among his codenames -- today became the first secret agent to be commemorated by an English Heritage blue plaque. It was unveiled ... at Queen Court, Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London, where he lived with his wife Barbara." See also, Seaman, The Bravest of the Brave (1997).


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "Former MI5 Chief Blasts Secrets Act." The Guardian, 8 Sep. 2001. []


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "GCHQ Facing Job Cuts." The Guardian, 4 Feb. 1992, 5.


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "Goal Posts Keep Moving in the Spying Game." Manchester Guardian Weekly, 1 Jan. 1995, 8.


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "How the Serb Army Escaped NATO." The Guardian, 9 Mar. 2000. []

"A NATO spy could have provided Belgrade with crucial information, but the implication of the secret US reports is that two weeks into the conflict he or she no longer had access to allied targeting secrets." The lack of results from the air campaign, such as "damaging just 13 of the Serbs' 300 battle tanks in Kosovo," can be attributed to the Yugoslavs' use of camouflage and decoys; the existence of an extensive system of underground shelters for Yugoslav troops, guns, and aircraft; and such politically motivated decisions as NATO's policy of restricting its pilots to bombing from 15,000 feet or above."


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "New Head of MI5 Is Terror Plot Specialist." The Guardian, 8 Mar. 2007. []

It was announced on 7 March 2007 that "Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the head of MI5, is to be succeeded [in April 2007] by Jonathan Evans, her deputy, who has been in charge of monitoring al-Qaida and its sympathisers in Britain."


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "Shayler Trial Could Be Abandoned." The Guardian, 13 Apr. 2001. []

David Shayler's trial "is expected to be postponed for as much as a year and may never take place, according to lawyers and Whitehall officials familiar with the case."


Norton-Taylor, Richard. "Spy Chief Dismisses Importance of Britons in Stasi Files." The Guardian, 22 Sep. 1999. []

In a radio interview with the BBC on 21 September 1999, East Germany's former spymaster Marcus Wolf "said that British students and academics recently named as having allegedly worked for the Stasi ... could not have played an important intelligence role, because he had never heard of them."

[Germany/East/Wolf; UK/SpyCases/99/Fever]

Norton-Taylor, Richard, Julian Borger, and Ian Black. "Spy Report Shakes NATO." The Guardian, 10 Mar. 2000. []

On 9 March 2000, NATO "admitted that, contrary to earlier denials, a secret US report exists suggesting it had a spy in its ranks in the early days of the Kosovo war.... A definitive 'lessons learned from Kosovo' study had been drawn up by James McCarthy, a now retired US air force general, for the deputy secretary of defence John Hamre and Gen. Joe Ralston, vice-chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff. The McCarthy report says that after NATO reduced the number of people with access to bombing raid orders from 600 to 100, the effect on what the Serbs appeared to know about NATO's plans was immediate."


Norton-Taylor, Richard, and Matthew Taylor. "Number of Spies in UK Returns to Cold War Levels." The Guardian, 13 Apr. 2007. []

British security sources report that "[t]he number of Russian intelligence agents based in London has reached cold war levels, reflecting the Kremlin's growing interest in London's dissident community.... Counter intelligence officers say there are now 30 agents operating out of the Russian Embassy and trade mission -- with the possibility that many more are working undercover for outside agencies across the capital."

[UK/PostCW/00s/07; Russia/00s/07]

Norton-Taylor, Richard, Lucy Ward, and Jon Henley. "Whitehall Fury at Spy Book." The Guardian, 18 May 2000. []

"The Home Office insisted that Dame Stella, who was head of the security service between 1992 and 1996, had stuck 'entirely to the rules' by submitting her manuscript for vetting by Sir Richard Wilson, the cabinet secretary. [Prime Minister] Tony Blair repeated that line in the Commons" on 17 May 2000.


Norton-Taylor, Richard, and Michael White. "Blair Misused Intelligence, Says Ex-Spy Officer." The Guardian, 29 Oct. 2004. [] 

Reports the claims of former senior intelligence official John Morrison.


Norton-Taylor, Richard, and Michael White. "Intelligence Chiefs Tell Blair: No More Spin, No More Stunts; MI5 and MI6 Win Assurances over Spy Reports." The Guardian, 5 Jun. 2003. []

The heads of MI5 and MI6 have sought and received "the government's assurance that it will never again pass off as official intelligence information which does not come from them. They are also insisting that any information used by Downing Street claiming to be based on intelligence should be cleared by them first. Their demands ... reflect deep unease in the intelligence community about the government's attempt to use secret information to push its case for military action against Iraq."


Norton-Taylor, Richard, and Michael White. "New Intelligence Chief Fails to Meet Butler Guidelines." The Guardian, 17 Jul. 2004. [] 

On appointment of William Ehrman as JIC chairman.


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