What makes a good spy? Is there such a thing? To what extent should spymasters turn a blind eye to crimes, even collusion in murder, committed by their informants or agents?
These important – perhaps increasingly important – issues are discussed in this valuable and thought-provoking book by Stephen Grey, the journalist whose first book, Ghost Plane, about US and UK involvement in the secret rendition of detainees in the “war on terror”, raises questions that remain unanswered.
The New Spymasters breaks new ground, not so much in revealing hitherto unknown cases of espionage, but in identifying and pursuing a number of cases – including that of MI6’s spies, who were never in Iraq before the 2003 invasion – where British and US security and intelligence agencies were deeply involved. Read more: http://bit.ly/1QVsR0a