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Ovendale, R. "Britain, the United States, and the Cold War in South-East Asia, 1949-1950." International Affairs 58, no. 3 (1982): 447-464.

Perl, Matthew. "Comparing US and UK Intelligence Assessment in the Early Cold War: NSC-68, April 1950." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 119-154.

The author compares NSC-68 (April 1950) with JIC (51) 6 (January 1951). The Americans and British utilized "dissimilar assumptions and interpretive approaches" in their intelligence assessments of the Soviet Union. It was on the "subjective questions -- the 'mysteries' -- that US and UK analysts disagreed throughout the early years of the Cold War, America's view of Communist doctrine leading them to ascribe aggressive intentions to the USSR long before Britain was prepared to do so."

Pincher, Chapman. "Bugs in the Banquette." Spectator, 22 Aug. 1998, 14-15.

The author claims to have been learned that the banquettes at one of his favorite restaurants for meeting his sources had been bugged by both MI5 and the KGB.

Pocock, Chris. "Operation 'Robin' and the British Overflight of Kapustin Yar: A Historiographical Note." Intelligence and National Security 17, no. 4 (Winter 2002): 185-192.

Did the British overfly Kapustin Yar in 1953 or 1954? The author argues that the evidence does not confirm the existence of such a flight. The article is followed by a note from Paul Lashmar (pp. 192-193), who accepts that official confirmation of a Kapustin Yar mission is lacking but also finds enough insiders who recall the flight to suggest that it did happen.

Pugh, Marshall. Frogman: Commander Crabbe's Story. New York: Scribner, 1956. [Chambers]

See also, Don Hale, The Final Dive (2007); J. Bernard Hutton [pseud., Joseph Heisler], Frogman Spy (1960); Michael G. and Jacqui Welham, Frogman Spy (1990); and Nicholas Elliott, With My Little Eye (1993), pp. 23-27 [cited in Peake, Studies 52.4 (Dec. 2008)].

Redfearn, Mason, and Aldrich, Richard James. "The Perfect Cover: British Intelligence, the Soviet Fleet and Distant Water Trawler Operations, 1963-1974." Intelligence and National Security 12, no. 3 (1997): 166-177.

Robertson, Kenneth G. "Accountable Intelligence: The British Experience." Conflict Quarterly 8 (Winter 1988): 13-28.

Smith, Bradley F. "Anglo-Soviet Intelligence Co-operation and Roads to the Cold War." In British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-51, ed. Richard James Aldrich, 50-64. London: Routledge, 1992.

Smith, Michael, and Christy Campbell. "Real-life Goldfinger Whose Roubles Paid for MI6 Spies." Telegraph (London), 24 May 1998. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Mandel Goldfinger "smuggled Swiss gold watches in and out of post-war Berlin to fund a crucial British intelligence operation.... The ... operation, codenamed 'Junk', ran smoothly until the mid-1950s when it was blown by George Blake,... according to a retired MI6 officer who has told [the] story of the real-life Goldfinger on the condition of anonymity."

Strang, G. Bruce. "Out of Africa? The Gallimberti Affair and Anglo-Italian Relations, 1949-1950." Intelligence and National Security 25, no. 3 (Jun. 2010): 350-369.

After Italian agent in Tripoli Gallimberti committed suicide, "local British military authorities discovered the full range of his illegal activities. Rather than publicly embarrass the Italian government, British Foreign Office officials coerced concessions from the Italian government in exchange for keeping the potential scandal concealed."

Thomas, Gordon, and Martin Dillon. The Assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's Superspy. London: Robson, 2002. Robert Maxwell, Israel’s Master Spy:  The Life and Murder of a Media Mogul. New York:  Carroll and Graf, 2002. 

Peake, Studies 47.3, comments: "That Robert Maxwell was a ruthless, corrupt, tax-dodging international businessman who served as an Israeli agent is highly probable.  But Thomas and Dillon have not established the relationship with high confidence, nor the corollary that he was murdered."

Thomas, Merrilyn. Communing with the Enemy: Covert Operations, Christianity and Cold War Politics in Britain and the GDR. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2005.

According to Berger, I&NS 22.4 (Aug. 2007), the centerpiece of this work is the stay in Dresden in 1965 by a group of young Christians from Britain. However, the work tells a "complex and fascinating story about Cold War politics and the role of the British and German churches in it." Along the way, the author sheds "much light on the way in which a young GDR operated in a world which it perceived as predominantly hostile."

Tunander, Ola. The Secret War against Sweden: US and British Submarine Deception in the 1980s. Naval Policy and History, 21. London: Cass, 2004.

Uttley, Matthew. "Operation 'Surgeon' and Britain's Post-War Exploitation of Nazi German Aeronautics." Intelligence and National Security 17, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 1-26.

"From July 1945 to July 1947, Operation 'Surgeon' became the focus of British efforts to exploit Nazi advances through the evacuation of state-of-the-art equipment from aeronautical research institutes and the recruitment of high-grade aviation experts for post-war work in Britain."

Walker, Clive. "Constitutional Governance and Special Powers against Terrorism: Lessons from the United Kingdom's Prevention of Terrorism Acts." Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 35 (1997): 1-47. [Calder]

Welham, Michael G., and Jacqui Welham. Frogman Spy: The Mysterious Disappearance of Commander Buster Crabb. London: W.H. Allen, 1990.

Whitaker, Reg. "Cold War Alchemy: How America, Britain and Canada Transformed Espionage into Subversion." Intelligence and National Security 15, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 177-210.

Abstract: "At the outset of the Cold War, a series of high-level Soviet espionage scandals unfolded in the English-speaking countries. These cases had a very significant impact in shaping the dominant counter-espionage model in the West."

Wilford, Hugh.

1. "American Labour Diplomacy and Cold War Britain." Journal of Contemporary History 37 (2002): 45-65.

2. "Calling the Tune? The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War, 1945-1960." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 41-50.

"[T]he tendency has been to portray the CIA as fatally compromising the independence of the British left.... [However,] the British response to the cultural campaigns of the CIA was more complex..., involving ... resistance, appropriation and complicity."

3. The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War: Calling the Tune. London: Frank Cass, 2003.

Peake, Studies 48.4 (2004), finds that the author "presents a well-documented account of the origins of the [CIA's] program" of support for anti-communist artists, writers, and publications, "and assesses its overall impact on communist-infiltrated trade unions and cultural organizations."

4. "'Unwitting Assets?' British Intellectuals and the Congress for Cultural Freedom." Twentieth Century British History 11 (2000): 42-60.

Wylde, N.M., ed. The Story of Brixmis, 1946-1990. London: Brixmis Association, 1993.


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