Philip Johnston


Johnston, Philip. "Dilemma for Government." Telegraph (London), 22 Apr. 1996. [http://]

The High Court's ruling on 21 April 1999 in the George Blake case "has implications both for former security and intelligence officers and for crown servants in general."


Johnston, Philip. "MI5 Booklet Aims to Kill off Secret Service 'Myths.'" Telegraph (London), 30 Jul. 1998. []

On 29 July 1998, MI5 published a booklet "defining the functions of the Security Service in the greatest detail since it emerged from the shadows in the early 1990s."


Johnston, Philip. "MI6 List Leaks Around World." Telegraph (London), 15 May 1999. []

"The extent of the damage caused by the naming of MI6 agents on the Internet was becoming apparent [on 14 May 1999] and some may have to be moved from their posts."


Johnston, Philip. "Ministers Braced to Authorise Book by MI5 Chief." Telegraph (London), 27 Dec. 2000. []

"Ministers are preparing to authorise the publication of memoirs written by Dame Stella Rimington, former director general of MI5, despite deep misgivings in the security and intelligence services."


Johnston, Philip. "MPs Fear 'Untold Damage' Caused by CIA Traitor Ames." Telegraph (London), 29 Mar. 1996. []

According to a report from the British Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, Aldrich Ames "may have caused untold damage to British security interests." The Committee's report was "highly critical" of "the way the intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic handled the Ames scandal." The Committee "said it was not satisfied that the matter was being treated seriously enough," and "accused the CIA of failing to furnish its British counterpart with enough information."

[CIA/90s/96/AmesFallout; UK/PostCW/90s/96]

Johnston, Philip. "Russian Spy Network 'Back in Business.'" Telegraph (London), 29 Mar. 1996. []

According to an MI5 report issued on 28 March 1996, "[b]oth the SVR, the Russian civilian agency, and the GRU military intelligence service, have renewed their efforts to post intelligence officers to London." In another report, "Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, set up to oversee MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, said Russian espionage was a growing threat."


Johnston, Philip. "Security Coup that Backfired on MI5." Telegraph (London), 14 Sep. 1999. []

"Nothing ... prepared the intelligence agencies for the news maelstrom that descended upon them with the publication of extracts from a forthcoming book based on information supplied by former KGB archivist, Vasili Mitrokhin. To some degree they have only themselves to blame as they collaborated in releasing the material to Cambridge academic Christopher Andrew. However, they all believed the book would essentially be of academic interest, an insight into the workings of the KGB.... But they reckoned without the fascination that remains for spies, especially when one of their number is a little old lady from Kent."


Johnston, Philip. "Traitor Can Keep £90,000 Profits." Telegraph (London), 22 Apr. 1996. []

The British Government is "considering an appeal against a High Court ruling [on 21 April 1999] that George Blake ... can keep £90,000 earned from the publication of his memoirs." Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Scott "said an MI5 or MI6 agent owed a 'life-long duty' not to disclose confidential information acquired in the course of duty. 'The writing of a book by a member of the security services is not a breach of duty.' The judge, who also ruled against the Government in the Peter Wright Spycatcher case in 1987, concluded that once the information had ceased to be secret, the duty of confidence was extinguished."


Johnston, Philip, and Caroline Davies. "Freed MI5 Traitor Prevented from Writing Memoirs." Telegraph (London), 14 May 1998.[]

"Michael Bettaney ... will be prevented from writing a book about his time in the security service. Sources ... made clear that he remained subject to the Official Secrets Act and liable to further prosecution if he divulges sensitive intelligence gleaned during his time in MI5.... [W]hile Bettaney has no knowledge of current MI5 operations, there is concern that as a serving officer for nearly eight years he still possesses inside knowledge about individual agents and subjects. He served in Northern Ireland and in the section dealing with Soviet counter-intelligence."


Johnston, Philip, and Hugh Davies. "Rogue Spy Publishes MI6 Names on the Internet." Telegraph (London), 13 May 1999. []

"A renegade MI6 agent was believed [on 12 May 1999] to have posted the identities of a large number of serving British intelligence officers on the Internet in one of the worst security breaches for years. Richard Tomlinson, a former officer with the Secret Intelligence Service who was jailed on secrecy charges two years ago, is thought to have used an American web site to gain his revenge on his former bosses."


Johnston, Philip, Tim Butcher, and Alan Philps. "Deal Sought to Defuse Spy Row." Telegraph (London), 8 May 1996. []

"Ministers were hoping [on 7 May 1996] for a compromise deal to avert a full-scale spying row between London and Moscow over the alleged links of British diplomats with a Russian agent."



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