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A talk on the History of MI6

A talk on the History of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service 1909 -1939

A talk on the History of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service
Speaker Michael Smith
Michael Smith talk will cover the period from the service’s creation in 1909 to the start of the Second World War in 1939, an era which saw Britain’s spooks involved in a variety of acts of torture, murder and mayhem that make today’s controversies seem almost mundane. Yet SIS managed to produce an astonishing amount of intelligence, despite perhaps understandable official suspicion and a continuous squeeze on budgets.

Michael Smith is the award winning defence correspondent of the Sunday Times. He served in the Intelligence Corps before joining the BBC and then the Daily Telegraph. Smith has reported from wars in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan and broken many exclusive stories, most notably the Downing Street Memos, which exposed government lies over Iraq. He is the author of many books, including the number one bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park and Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews and Six: A History of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service.


Mr Michael Smith | talks


Date and Time:

12 October 2010 at 7:30 pm


1 hour



The Wheatsheaf
25 Rathbone Place
020 8960 7172

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Organised by:

Sohemian Society
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