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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Keith Jeffery
Spies complain that intelligence is often sketchy _ and here's the proof.
Several "old boys" who were around for the founding of the CIA in 1947 like repeating a mantra, "The Brits taught us everything we know - but by no means did they teach us everything that they know." The quip, of course, stemmed from the wartime Office of Strategic Services' reliance on the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) - formally, MI6 - as a tutor on espionage and spy tradecraft.
Sir John Scarlett, former director general of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), met with The Washington Times in October to discuss "The Secret History of MI6 From
It's James Bond, with bureaucracy and cramped office space.
Jeffery says he "went on to have a brilliant career in deception."
"The real James Bonds are more interesting than the fictional James Bond," said author Keith Jeffery, a historian at Queen's University Belfast, who had access to previously secret files in the MI6 archive. "They are male and female. They are real people. They have real frailties and real courage."