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Monday, October 02, 2006

Sutch and the Web of Treason

A new book by former Security Intelligence Service officer, Kit Bennetts has re-ignited the controversy about NZ's biggest espionage scandal, the 1974 trial of former head of the Trade and Industry Department, William Ball Sutch.

There are few that doubt Sutch was innocent of passing information, to the KGB, but many have sought to minimise his guilt. Bennetts is not one of them. He claims that Sutch was an "agent of influence" for the KGB and that he passed on information about those who might be suitable for recruitment by the Soviets.

I have long been planning a series of posts about Sutch and some of his contemporaries. Bennetts has named former Statistics Department head, John Philip "Jack" Lewin, a close associate of Sutch's as a possible Soviet agent.

Others have named NZ diplomat Paddy Costello and academic, Ian Milner as spies.

Another to come under suspicion was long serving head of the Foreign Affairs department, Sir Alister McIntosh. Several senior members of his staff, are also of interest.

The next few posts will deal with the early connections between Sutch, McIntosh, Milner and Costello.

Later articles will deal with other figures of note, including Lewin.

4 Comments:

Anonymous spent said...

Ever thought of writing a book?

3:42 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

These posts were actually originally intended for a book. Maybe when I have the time.

3:54 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Hitchcock (anonymouse?!) suggests that good old Doctor Sutch was a "SPY". The thing is, you have to look at the times (and currently, not a lot seems to have changed) and consider that anyone following beliefs and trying to change the course of lawmakers and economists of the day ("Government?") could be caught out in a similar way. How would the National Party deal with an intelligent man, whom happened to be left leaning, meeting with Socialist Scum?! Sheeeeez.

On a different note (slightly) you should try DENIS EDWARDS "MIRAMAR MORNING".

2:53 PM  

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