Michael Smith

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Smith, Michael. "Assistant Chief Is Named as the New Head of MI6." Telegraph (London), 26 Feb. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]


Smith, Michael. "Bletchley Park, Double Cross and D-Day." In Action This Day: Bletchley Park from the Breaking of the Enigma Code to the Birth of the Modern Computer, eds. Ralph Erskine and Michael Smith, 278-300, 496-498. London and New York: Bantam, 2001.


Smith, Michael. "Bletchley Park and the Holocaust." Intelligence and National Security 19, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 262-274.

The author takes issue with the conclusions in Breitman, Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew (1998). According to Smith, Breitman argues in his work "that British codebreakers knew Nazi police operating behind the German troops invading the Soviet Union were murdering thousands of Jews but that they and the British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who read the messages, did nothing about it." Smith disagrees with Breitman's interpretation and declares that "both the Bletchley Park code breakers and Churchill are innocent of the charges laid against them."

[UK/WWII/Ultra; WWII/Eur/Gen]

Smith, Michael. "Bletchley Park Saved after Eight-Year Battle." Telegraph (London), 21 Jun. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Bletchley Park was officially saved from development on 19 June 1999 when the Government and the Bletchley Park Trust agreed to a deal. "The house and some land around it are to be handed over" to the Trust.


Smith, Michael. "Cook Denies MI6 Plot to Assassinate Gaddafi." Telegraph (London), 10 Aug. 1998. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

On 9 August 1999, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook "dismissed claims" by David Shayler "of an MI6 plot to assassinate the Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi as 'pure fantasy'. The Foreign Secretary said he had investigated the claims and was satisfied that his Conservative predecessor ... had not authorised any plan to kill the Libyan leader. He pointed out that ... Shayler ... was a junior member of the domestic Security Service MI5 with little or no knowledge of secret MI6 operations."


Smith, Michael. "Crime and Instability Ensure Russia Stays Britain's Top Target." Telegraph (London), 16 Mar. 2000. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"While the KGB has changed its name, its fingers still reach into every area of Russian society. The country's Mafia is riddled with Lubyanka-trained hoods who found capitalism provided them with more lucrative ways of employing their skills.... The Soviet Union may have been dangerous, but at least you knew where you were. The new Russia with its political uncertainties, nuclear weaponry and crime is just as dangerous and far less predictable."

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

Smith, Michael. "Dirty Tricks I: Russia Bugged British Agents and Kissinger." Telegraph (London), 13 Sep. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

The files brought by Vasili Mitrokhin to the West show that the KGB had "more than 15 successes against Britain..., including the bugging of MI6 stations in the Middle East.... In America, the KGB successfully planted a bug on Henry Kissinger when he was US Secretary of State. Documents leaked from US defence contractors, including Boeing Fairchild, General Dynamics, IBM and Lockheed, provided Moscow with detailed information on the Trident, MX and Cruise missiles at the forefront of the West's defences."


Smith, Michael. The Emperor's Codes: The Role of Bletchley Park in Breaking Japan's Secret Ciphers. London: Bantam, 2001. [pb] New York: Penguin, 2002.

Jacobsen, intelforum, 17 Jun. 2001, says that "[t]his book grossly exaggerates the British and Dominion cryptologic successes against the Japanese navy during and preceding WWII. It is an Anglophilean attack against well established American successes.... Smith's failure to list page number citations makes it difficult or often impossible to verify his sources. He 'cherrypicks' many of his sources to support his more outrageous allegations when a thorough review of the same sources shows the opposite viewpoint."

According to Kruh, Cryptologia 25.1, this "excellent book" highlights the work of John Tiltman and Eric Nave in breaking Japanese codes. The author will "raise the ire of the U.S. Navy with his claim that the vast majority of Japanese codes and ciphers were broken ... by British and Australian cryptanalysts." Bath, NIPQ, Summer 2001, finds this to be "an interesting book ... [that] has something for everyone with an interest [i]n the subject or the times." After dismissing some of the more outrageous claims for this book, Mercado, I&NS 16.2, finds that "Smith offers in greater detail than ever before the story of British code breakers working against Japan."

[UK/WWII/FEPac & Ultra; WWII/Magic]

Smith, Michael. "Enigma Code Machine Stolen in Bletchley Raid." Telegraph (London), 3 Apr. 2000. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]


Smith, Michael. "Enigma of KGB's Third Man at Bletchley Park." Telegraph (London), 26 Jun. 1997. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

According to documents uncovered at the Public Record Office, "Bletchley Park ... was infiltrated by a previously unsuspected third agent run by Moscow.... Two KGB agents were previously known to have passed 'Ultra' material, decrypted from the Nazis' Enigma cipher machine, to the Russians.

"John Cairncross [codenamed Carelian], who joined the Government Code and Cipher School ... in 1943[,] is acknowledged to have given the KGB large amounts of the Ultra material. The only other KGB agent known to have passed on information from Bletchley Park was Leo Long [codenamed Elli], who worked in MI14, the intelligence department that covered Germany. But decrypts of communications between Moscow Centre and the Soviet embassy in London ... show that a third agent, codenamed Baron, was passing on Bletchley Park's intercepts to the Russians.... The identity of the third agent at Bletchley Park remains unknown."


Smith, Michael. "Fate of Iraqi Mole Led to Spy Clash." Telegraph (London), 4 Feb. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"The row that led to the naming of the MI6 head of station in Prague began with what should have been a major success story for British intelligence. MI6 had been running an agent in the heart of the Iraqi intelligence service, giving detailed information on Saddam Hussein's attempts to obtain nuclear, chemical and biological weapons technology.

"Jabir Salim, the 43-year-old head of Mukhabarrat operations in Eastern Europe, whose cover was as Iraqi consul in Prague, was an 'agent-in-place', an invaluable source for British intelligence. But just over a month ago, he was 'brought in from the cold' and, according to intelligence sources, is currently being debriefed at a safe house in the Home Counties.'"

[OtherCountries/Czech/PostCW & Iraq; UK/PostCW/90s/99]

Smith, Michael. "Fifth Man Cairncross Gave Stalin the Atom Bomb." Telegraph (London), 12 Jan. 1998. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

John Cairncross "insisted that he never gave [the Russians] atomic secrets and denounced suggestions that he was the Fifth Man." However, KGB files released for The Crown Jewels, a new book by Nigel West and Oleg Tsarev, "show this to be nonsense and his claims never to have damaged British interests to be a lie.... [T]he pinnacle of [Cairncross'] KGB career was when he was secretary to Lord Hankey, Minister without Portfolio in Churchill's war cabinet. During this time, Cairncross handed the Russians details of the British atomic weapons programme, giving Stalin the information he needed to build a bomb."


Smith, Michael. Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1999. London: Coronet, 1999.

Simon, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 20, no. 2 (2002), notes that in his "cover" job as the British Passport Control Officer in Berlin, Frank Foley of MI6 "bent the rules, twisted and turned, risked his job, his reputation, and at times his very life to save the lives of people he often did not even know." In 1999, Foley "was awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem."


Smith, Michael. "The Forgery, the Election and the MI6 Spy." Telegraph (London), 13 Aug. 1997, 10.

Smith proposes that the British spy within the Soviet Politiburo in the early 1920s was Boris Bajanov, Politiburo secretary in 1923-1924.


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