Compton Mackenzie

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(spook, author, politician, whistleblower)
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BornEdward Montague Compton Mackenzie
West Hartlepool, County Durham, England, UK
Died1972-11-30 (Age 89)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
SpouseFaith Stone

Disclosure of MI6

In 1932, his memoirs Greek Memories included his account of his experiences as a MI6 officer, the first time that the Secret Intelligence Service was mentioned in print. He also named the first MI6 Director-General as Mansfield Cumming. In one passage he referred to the organization as being "scores of under-employed generals surrounded by a dense cloud of intelligence officers sleuthing each other". The book was immediately withdrawn and all remaining copies were destroyed. Mackenzie was fined £100 for breaching the Official Secrets Act and was monitored by MI5 from then on.[1]


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