Moran

 

Moran, Christopher. Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain. London: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

According to Peake, Studies 57.2 (Jun. 2013), and Intelligencer 20.1 (Spring-Summer 2013), this work "is a study of how the [D Notice] system worked until the early 21st century, when Section 2 of the OSA [Official Secrets Act] was repealed and a Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 2005.... It is a superbly documented study and a fine contribution to the literature."

[UK/Overviews/Related]

Moran, Christopher R. "Intelligence and the Media: The Press, Government Secrecy and the 'Buster' Crabb Affair." Intelligence and National Security 265, no. 5 (Oct. 2011): 676-700.

The author argues that media "attitudes were changing by the mid-1950s. On the eve of Crabb's disappearance [in 1956], the media had already started to exhibit a growing curiosity about secret service matters, questioning whether the plea of secrecy was in fact a cloak to cover incompetence."

[UK/Postwar/Gen]

Moran, Christopher R. "The Pursuit of Intelligence History: Methods, Sources, and Trajectories in the United Kingdom." Studies in Intelligence 55, no. 2 (Jun. 2011): 33-55. [https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol.-55-no.-2/the-pursuit-of-intelligence-history-methods-sources-and-trajectories-in-the-united-kingdom.html]

"This article is an overview of the history of the academic study of intelligence in the United Kingdom since 1945, a time marked by three distinctive periods of historiography. Each, labelled here as Absence, Emergence, and Efflorescence, has contained unique themes and approaches to intelligence history as it has been practiced in Britain." (Footnote omitted)

[UK/Overviews/10s]

Moran, Christopher R., and Robert Johnson. "In the Service of Empire: Imperialism and the British Spy Thriller, 1901-1914." Studies in Intelligence 54, no. 2 (Jun. 2010): 1-18.

An interesting look at the impact of British spy fiction on pre-World War I policies.

[UK/Historical]

Moran, Christopher R., and Simon D Willmetts. "Secrecy, Censorship, and Beltway Books: The CIA's Publications Review Board." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 24, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 239-252.

The heart of this article is a 9 June 2009 interview with John Hollister Hedley, former PDB chairman (1996-1998).

[CIA/Components/DA]

Moran, Jon. "Evaluating Special Branch and the Use of Informant Intelligence in Northern Ireland." Intelligence and National Security 25, no. 1 (Feb. 2010): 1-23.

From abstract: "After setting out the development of the police as the dominant organization in handling informants and the centrality of informant intelligence to counter terrorism, the article discusses some of the serious ethical criticisms which have been raised concerning the use of informants.... The articles evaluates these criticisms in context and calls for a more situated, nuanced account of the costs and benefits of informant intelligence in Northern Ireland."

[UK/Postwar/IRA]

Moran, Jonathan. "The Role of Security Services in Democratization: An Analysis of South Korea's Agency for National Security Planning." Intelligence and National Security 13, no. 4 (Winter 1998): 1-32.

The author suggests that in South Korea "intelligence agency operation [i]s embedded in society, and in certain political imperatives and perceptions." (emphasis in original)

[OtherCountries/SKorea]

Moran, Lindsay. Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy. New York: Putnam, 2005.

According to Albion, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2005, the author "lifts the lid on her cloak-and-dagger adventures from 1998 to 2003, when she underwent an education in espionage and then put her new skills to work in Macedonia.... Moran provides an unusually candid glimpse into the operational training and culture of America's clandestine services.... But this glimpse is intensely personal and takes place within the familiar story of a young woman's journey toward emotional fulfillment."

Shane, NYT, 15 Mar. 2005, finds that the author's memoir is a "breez[y] read, with lots of detail about her love life.... Martha Sutherland, who spent 18 years with the agency..., was outraged that [the] book recounts clandestine service training in detail." However, Moran "noted that everything in her book was cleared by the agency." Nolan, IJI&C 22.1 (Spring 2009), comments that the author's story "is actually a cautionary tale about following a fantasy.... Moran unintentionally reveals that she does not enjoy beiing a small part of a larger effort.... Her descriptions of the CIA's personnel border on the mean-spirited and self-aggrandizing."

For Hedley, Studies 49.3 (2005), this book "illustrates how a clever ex-employee can capitalize on the CIA’s undeniable mystique. One looks in vain for a serious message in her one-dimensional put-down of the Agency's operational training." However, "for a general readership she is a facile writer who comes across as a breezy romantic.... Moran's cheeky style and brisk prose makes for a good read."

[CIA/00s/Gen; CIA/Components/DO; CIA/Memoirs]

 

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