John Simkin Posted January 7, 2005 Share Posted January 7, 2005 Tim Gratz reminded me that William Harvey is mentioned in Peter Wright’s book, Spycatcher. For those who don’t know the story, Wright was a senior MI5 officer. After he retired he had a dispute with MI5 over his pension. When they refused to pay him what he thought he deserved he moved to Tasmania and wrote his autobiography, Spycatcher. In the book he included a great deal about MI5 including a plot to oust the Labour prime minister (sound familiar). Wright also revealed details of MI5 assassination plots against foreign leaders (sound familiar). The book was of course banned in the UK but it was published in Australia in 1987. Books were then smuggled into the UK. Eventually the government had to admit defeat and it was published in the UK. The section on Harvey is very interesting. In 1960 it was decided that MI5 and the CIA should work together on certain projects. According to Wright this was the first time they had really done this. A meeting was arranged in 1961 that included the top figures in both organizations. Angleton then approached Wright and asked him if they could have a private meeting. Also at the meeting was Harvey. Wright held very right-wing views and this was obviously picked up by Angleton and Harvey. At the meeting Harvey did most of the talking. It sems the purpose of the meeting was to test Wright out. Harvey complained about how MI5 had done nothing about the growth of socialism in the UK. He implied that the CIA had been very successful in dealing with left-wing politicians in America. Angleton asked Wright for another private meeting. Again Harvey did most of the talking. Harvey told Wright about their attempts to kill Castro. He asked Wright about MI5’s plots to kill Nasser in Egypt. Harvey then asked if MI5 could provide an assassination squad. He actually suggested a group of former SAS officers. Harvey had done his research and even identified a group of men who had been operating close to the Soviet border. Wright answered that SAS officers did not do “freelance” work. I think this meeting is of importance. First of all it makes it clear that in 1961 Harvey was looking for someone other than the Mafia to kill Castro. It also shows that he was thinking of using former soldiers. Did this mean that he approached Interpen after his meeting with Wright? The other issue about this meeting is - did it herald the beginning of the two organizations becoming involved in joint covert operations against their own governments? Wright admits that he was involved in a plot to destabilize Harold Wilson. They did this my spreading rumours that Wilson and several of his ministers were Soviet agents. This resulted in several ministers losing their jobs and one committed suicide when he was told his career was over (I am contact with this man’s son, one of the UK’s leading historians, who wants to clear his father’s name). As with David Atlee Phillips’ autobiography, you can tell so much from looking at what has been left out of Wright's account. Despite its importance, Wright hardly mentions the John Profumo case. I am convinced that there is a direct connection between the Profumo affair and the Bobby Baker/Ellen Rometsch affair. I think the Profumo case was an example of MI5 trying to oust Harold Macmillan. Although head of the Conservative Party, Macmillan was considered to be dangerously left-wing. It seems that Profumo was trapped into having sexual relationships with women connected to the KGB. Macmillan was forced to resign in October, 1963 (he said he was going as a result of ill health – he lived another 23 years). Macmillan was replaced by the more right-wing Alec Douglas Home. However, this plot backfired as in 1964 Home was defeated by Harold Wilson. Therefore the need to try and oust Wilson. This was going on at the same time as JFK was being trapped by Bobby Baker’s scam. In fact, the same girls with KGB links were used in both cases. Is it possible this was an example of a joint MI5/CIA project. Were the CIA involved in the Rometsch case. When this failed to remove JFK did they seek an alternative strategy? Below is a rare photograph of William Harvey. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/SSwright.htm http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKharvey.htm http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRprofumo.htm http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRmacmillan.htm Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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