Post-Cold War

The Shayler Affair

From 1999

Included here:

1. Book

2. Articles

1. Book

Hollingsworth, Mark, and Nick Fielding. Defending the Realm: MI5 and the Shayler Affair. London: Deutsch, 1999.

Rufford, Sunday Times (London), 26 Sep. 1999, calls this "an intriguing account of Shayler's experiences as a spy and his subsequent imprisonment and exile. It is a rare glimse into the workings of Britain's domestic intelligence service. Although it gives away no secrets (it has passed the government censor), the material is illuminating.... Critics ... point out that just because the government censor has approved the book does not mean to say it is accurate, merely that its contents do not endanger national security. Certainly, there are some disconcerting errors of fact.... Notwithstanding, it is an important book that deserves to be read outside the normal circle of spook-watchers."

Machon, Annie. Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5, MI6 and the Shayler Affair. Brighton, UK: Book Guild, 2005.

Clark comment: Machon worked for MI5 in the 1990s and was David Shayler's girlfriend. From publisher: The author "writes about her experiences at the heart of the secret state and what happens when you stand up to it. Her revelations about illegal intelligence operations, cover-ups to ministers, and particularly the MI6 funding of Al Qaeda terrorists will shock all of us."

2. Articles

Materials arranged chronologically.

Elsworth, Catherine. "Gadaffi 'Ordered Lockerbie Plot.'" Telegraph (London), 23 May 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"The Official Solicitor last night [22 May 1999] banned publication of detailed claims that the security services had evidence showing Colonel Gadaffi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing. The claims stem from the renegade MI5 agent David Shayler."

BBC. "Shayler: I Know Two More Spies." 12 Sep. 1999. [http://news.bbc. co.uk]

"Renegade MI5 officer David Shayler says he knows of at least two more secret agents who have not been prosecuted by the British authorities.... He told BBC News Online: 'I know two people who haven't been mentioned yet. One was a trade union official, and one a crown servant.'"

Bamber, David. "Shayler Sued for £200,000." Telegraph (London), 27 Feb. 2000. [http:// www.telegraph.co.uk]

"A writ from the Attorney General has been issued in the High Court, accusing Mr [David] Shayler of breaches of confidence and contract, as well as flouting copyright laws on documents held by MI5 and MI6, and seeking damages."

Evans, Michael. "Shayler to Name More MI5 Staff." Times (London), 28 Feb. 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Former MI5 officer David Shayler "added to his allegations about MI5 and MI6" on 27 February 2000, "indicating his intention to identify British intelligence officers whom he claims were involved in a plot to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, in 1996. Mr Shayler passed two names of serving intelligence officers to The Observer, although the identities were not published because the media is prohibited from doing so by a High Court injunction." See also, George Jones, "Shayler Names Spies in Plot to Kill Gaddafi," Telegraph (London), 28 Feb. 2000.

Evans, Michael, and Adam Fresco. "Leaked MI6 Report Led to Student's Arrest." Times (London), 8 Mar. 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

The Special Branch officers who on 6 March 2000 arrested Kingston University student Julie-Ann Davies under the Official Secrets Act "are investigating how a classified MI6 document appeared on a California-based website" in February 2000. "Davies was detained for 12 hours and released on police bail.... The MI6 document ... revealed what was known about a plot to assassinate Colonel Muammar Gadaffi ... by a group of dissident Libyan army officers. The contents of the document, which had been sent by MI6 to the Foreign Office, were seized on by David Shayler ... to back his claim that Britain's Secret Intelligence Service had been involved in the failed plot in 1996. His claim has been officially denied."

Leonard, Tom. "Editors Told to Hand Over Letter from MI5 Rebel." Telegraph (London), 18 Mar. 2000. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

On 17 March 2000, Judge Martin Stephens ordered that correspondence between former MI5 officer David "Shayler and Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, Roger Alton, the Observer editor, and Martin Bright, his home affairs correspondent, be passed on to Special Branch as Shayler had apparently breached the Official Secrets Act." See also, Richard Norton-Taylor, "Newspapers Challenge Order to Hand Over MI5 Case Documents." The Guardian, 18 Mar. 2000.

Sunday Times (London). "Web Leak Forces MI5 to Switch Phones." 23 Apr. 2000. [http:// www.the-times.co.uk]

"A top-secret document giving the main switchboard number, fax number and high-security government telephone network number [has] appeared on [web] sites" around the world. "The document was one of a number removed in 1996 from MI5's London headquarters by David Shayler, the former MI5 officer, according to a Home Office source. Shayler denied posting the document on the web."

Lashmar, Paul. "Shayler is Accused of 'Reckless' New Leak." The Independent (UK), 25 Apr. 2000. [http://www.independent.co.uk]

British Intelligence Services claim that the publishing of a top-secret MI5 report on an American internet site "gives enough detail for hostile agencies to identify MI6 spies who have given information. The 14-page report examines Libyan intelligence penetration in Britain during the mid-1990s and, for example, cites detailed information from three MI6 sources in the Libyan community in Britain."

MacLeod, Alexander. "Renegade Spy Puts Official Secrecy on Trial in Britain." Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2000. [http://www.csmonitor.com]

Renegade MI5 officer David Shayler returned from three years' exile in France on 20 August 2000. He was immediately arrested, charged with offenses under the 1989 Official Secrets Act, and released on bail. Shayler is "determined to prove that new human rights legislation due to take effect in five weeks is on his side. He says it gives him a legal right to expose undercover operations by MI5 and MI6."

Norton-Taylor, Richard. "Shayler Trial Could Be Abandoned." The Guardian, 13 Apr. 2001. [http://www.guardian.co.uk]

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."

Associated Press. "Ex-Spy Convicted of Selling Secrets." 4 Nov. 2002. [http://www.nytimes. com]

On 4 November 2002, David Shayler "was ... found guilty of three counts of breaking the Official Secrets Act [in 1997] by selling ... 28 documents -- four of them top secret -- to the tabloid Mail on Sunday for about $60,000. The documents, which included the names of British undercover agents and other sensitive information, placed the lives of spies at risk, prosecutors said."

Smith, Michael. "Girlfriend of Shayler Writes Own MI5 Book." Telegraph (London), 27 Oct. 2003. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Annie Machon, "girlfriend of rogue MI5 officer David Shayler[,] is to publish her own book on her time in the Security Service." Her book "will name a former trade unionist who was a Soviet agent and disclose previously unpublished details of a British intelligence officer who spied for the Warsaw Pact." See also, Rebecca Ellinor, "Shayler's Partner to Publish MI5 Book," The Guardian, 27 Oct. 2003; and Annie Machon, Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5, MI6 and the Shayler Affair (Brighton, UK: Book Guild, 2005).

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