Anthony Cavendish

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Person.png Anthony Cavendish  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, banker, journalist, deep state operative?)
Anthony Cavendish.jpg
Born20 July, 1927
London, UK
Died12 January, 2013 (Age 85)
NationalityUK
Member ofLe Cercle
"Leading member" of Le Cercle.

Anthony Cavendish was a "former senior MI5 man" and "an old Cercle hand".[1]

Background

Cavendish was born in London, but raised in Switzerland and grew up speaking English, German, Swiss-German and French.[2]

World War II

He volunteered for the British Army in 1944 and served in Secret Intelligence Middle East (SIME) where he struck up a lifelong friendship with Maurice Oldfield, a future Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.[2][3]

Career

Following his demobilisation in 1948, he was recruited as the MI6's youngest officer, aged 21, and worked in R5, the counterespionage section.[4]

In May 1989 Cavendish made an extended appearance on the Channel 4 discussion programme After Dark, alongside Tony Benn, Lord Dacre, James Rusbridger, Miles Copeland and others.

Deep political connections

Anthony Cavendish was a senior figure in Le Cercle. His Telegraph obituary cited his as "a leading figure, with Julian Amery, MP, in running Le Cercle, a very private discussion group". It is unknown whether he was European chairman of the group.[5]


References

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/aitken-dropped-by-the-rights-secret-club-1258522.html
  2. a b "Flamboyant intelligence officer who was a drinking partner of Kim Philby and later wrote a controversial book about working for MI6". The Times. Retrieved 26 January 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  3. "Anthony Cavendish: Intrepid intelligence officer who fought "terrorism" in the Middle East". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  4. Cavendish, Anthony (1997), Inside Intelligence, HarperCollins, London.
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9871374/Anthony-Cavendish.html