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The World : Judge OKs British Spy Book

March 13, 1987

An Australian judge has ruled against a British government attempt to block publication of a book by former counterespionage agent Peter Wright. The government had sought an injunction to bar Heinemann Publishers from printing "Spycatcher" by Wright, arguing that publication of the book was harmful to national interests. Wright, 71, whose job for the British counterespionage agency MI-5 was tracking down traitors, retired in 1976. His book claims that the late Roger Hollis, MI-5's director from 1956-65, was a Soviet spy. The government says an investigation found no proof that Hollis was a traitor.

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