Kiwi Publisher Plans Brit Spy Expose
A trilogy of books exposing top-secret information crucial to the security of the United Kingdom is being planned by a Kiwi publisher.
The Auckland based, Howling At The Moon Publications has announced it is in negotiations with former British spy, Richard Tomlinson.
Tomlinson has been on the run from British Intelligence officers since he published on the internet a list of MI6 agents and agencies located around the world.
The website, posted up on the free-be United States of America based Geocities, was shut down within hours of Tomlinson’s revelations being shown to the world. MI6 then spent weeks trying to track down who had visited the website and what they had done or intended to do with its secrets.
Now Howling at The Moon Publications spokesman, Ian Wishart has revealed he has been in negotiations with Tomlinson since September last year.
The three books will expose the CIA, Britain's MI6, as well as Australia and New Zealand's secret services.
Wishart is reported as having suspicions that email correspondence between he and Tomlinson is being monitored.
The proposed books will likely rouse MI6 to seek injunction in its home country and arm-twist the New Zealand government into convincing those planning to publish the books that they would be ill advised to do so.
But as history shows us such moves are often futile, as was with the case of the famous Spycatcher book. With Spycatcher, the British government found it was unable to stop the rest of the world from reading about its most closeted skeletons.
Spycatcher was published in 1987 by a former British spy. Peter Wright, spilled the beans after a long argument with MI5 over the size of his pension.
The British government's legal battle to ban Spycatcher descended into farce as the rest of the world read Wright’s best-selling secrets of espionage and political dirty tricks. In the book Wright admitted "bugging and burgling his way across London" during his covert career.
He revealed how MI5, where he was once assistant director general, tried to plot the downfall of Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Wright, died a multi-millionaire in 1995.
Tomlinson was last year jailed for six months after giving details of his career to an Australian publisher who was considering releasing his auto- biography. Further claims that MI6 were involved in the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were also linked to him.
After being released from jail, Tomlinson fled to Geneva where he has evaded detection, keeping contact with associates by using an untraceable mobile phone. He later turned up in Auckland and publicly complained of being hounded by New Zealand SIS agents while here.
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