Former MI5/MI6 Agent and Spy Novelist Reveals Cold War Assassinations
August 29, 2010
UK (ChattahBox) – No one will be surprised to learn that Western agencies such as MI5 and MI6 engaged in assassinations during the Cold War, any more than they would be to learn the CIA engages in the same actions in the name of security. But there is something still almost shocking to hear John Le Carre speak about it.
Le Carre is a novelist who is infamous for his books about spy George Smiley, his character who shot him to fame during the Cold War, when interest in Soviet intrigue was especially high. He later became a respected writer for social and political commentary, such as for his book ‘The Constant Gardner’, which received acclaim for its’ unflinching look at the corruption of drug companies in third world countries. It was later turned into a movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet.
He was also an agent with MI5 and MI6 during the 1950′s and 1960′s, and says that a number of assassinations were carried out during those times. Though, he maintains, he was not behind the killings himself.
But, he says, the killings done by such organizations were handled very differently than those done by the Soviet Union. There was not protocol for the Communists, he was quoted by RAW.
“Even when quite ruthless operations are being contemplated … the process of democratic consultation was still relatively intact and decent humanitarian instincts came into play. Totalitarian states killed with impunity and no one was held accountable. That didn’t happen in the West.”