Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Stella Rimington on Being A Spy

Stella Rimington
Now a full time novelist, Stella Rimington joined the UK Security Service (MI5) in 1965. During her career its reported, "she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism - and became successively Director of all three branches"

She was appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director-General whose name was publicly announced on appointment.

This is her speaking at the Dymocks Literary Lunch, 3/27/09 in association with the ABC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

It's a great talk - especially the story of picking up the daughter from school and then taking her to a safe house and telling her to do her homework upstairs while she interviews her source.

Le Carre - Honorable Schoolboy
I know it's the competition - but as well as being a devotee of Spooks, I seem to be on a bit of a UK spy phase - currently listening [courtesy of Auckland City Library] to The Honorable Schoolboy audio book - read by Michael Jayston, WorldCat reference, here.

BBC Radio 4 - The complete Smiley
This year, and next BBC Radio 4 is dramatizing all of the Smiley books. The first episode of The Spy Who Came In From the Cold is playing this coming Sunday, details, here

MI5 web site
Currently the front page is telling people about current risks etc. And yes - you can apply to to be a MI5 spook on the web site, here . They also have lots of IT vacancies, here

Update - 6th July, 2009
The UK press is having a small field day with the news that the wife of the current MI5 head, Sir John Sawer, put up the family details on a Facebook page. Times, story, here.
Actually, its a really good reminder about choosing the right privacy levels on Facebook and not just accepting their defaults.

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