Saturday, August 10, 2013

Book Commentary: Seven Spies Who Changed the World

The strange aspect of this book is that it identifies Greville Wynne, a go-between of MI-6 with Penkovskiy, as one of the seven major spies, instead of Penkovskiy. West correctly cites almost of Wynne's accounts of his personal involvement in the Penkovskiy and other cases, as false. A good example is Wynne's story that he and Penkovskiy went to the US and met with President Kennedy, which West personally determined correctly had never happened. He identifies Harry (Mike) Stokes as the MI-6 deputy in Washington at the time—actually, he was my partner in the Penkovskiy translation task force.

Seven Spies Who Changed the World, Nigel West, 1991

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