Re-entering the Lists: MI5's Authorized History and the August 1914 Arrests

  title={Re-entering the Lists: MI5's Authorized History and the August 1914 Arrests},
  author={Nicholas Hiley},
  journal={Intelligence and National Security},
  pages={415 - 452}
  • Nicholas Hiley
  • Published 1 August 2010
  • History, Art
  • Intelligence and National Security
Abstract The 2009 Authorized History of MI5 carried a new defence of its August 1914 operation, in which Vernon Kell, its first Director, supposedly scored a coup by capturing all 21 German agents working in Britain. The Authorized History went against the version of events given in my article ‘Entering the Lists’, published by this journal in 2006, and backed up its case with a new arrest list. This article considers that new list, and its supposed origins in an MI5 document from 1931. Once… 
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