August 2, 1987 |
A newspaper today published an excerpt from the memoirs of a retired counterintelligence officer in defiance of a government ban upheld last week by Britain's highest court. Another paper published material from Peter Wright's "Spycatcher" but did not use direct excerpts. Newspapers have published excerpts from the book before, and the government has begun contempt-of-court prosecutions. If found guilty, the papers are liable to unlimited fines or possible jail terms for the editors.
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.
January 14, 1991 |
American and British commando forces have stolen an Iraqi surface-to-air missile in a behind-the-lines raid on occupied Kuwait, the London Sunday Times said. The newspaper quoted a senior Pentagon official as saying that troops from U.S. Special Forces and Britain's Special Air Service flew by helicopter to Kuwait, seized the missile and brought it back to Saudi Arabia for dismantling. It said that during the raid last month, the missile's Iraqi crew was taken prisoner and interrogated.
August 28, 1992 |
Through its 83-year history, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service has lived up to its title: The government has never officially acknowledged its existence. And unlike its counterparts--the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Russia's KGB--the British spy service's headquarters here is an unmarked high-rise London office building, which security guards identify only as "Ministry of Defense."
March 18, 1990 |
Tens of thousands of Iraqi protesters marched in the capital and other cities Saturday to express anger at the British measures taken to censure Iraq for hanging a London-based journalist accused of spying. Also Saturday, President Saddam Hussein flew to Saudi Arabia for consultations with King Fahd. The official Saudi Press Agency said Fahd invited Hussein after the international uproar over the execution of Farzad Bazoft.
March 16, 1990 |
Britain on Thursday recalled its ambassador from Iraq and halted ministerial contacts with the government of President Saddam Hussein to protest Baghdad's hanging of a London-based journalist it accused of spying. "Thatcher wanted him alive. We sent him in a box," Information Minister Latif Nassayif Jassim said in breaking the news of the Thursday morning execution in Baghdad.
October 14, 1988 |
The British government Thursday lost the final round of an international campaign to ban the memoirs of retired intelligence agent Peter Wright, although senior judges described his disclosures as treachery. Five judges in the House of Lords, the country's highest appeal court, ruled unanimously that newspapers in Britain could print allegations of misdeeds by British security services contained in Wright's book "Spycatcher."