From 2019, the British foreign intelligence service MI6 looks for new employees . The name MI6 originated during World War II, when the foreign intelligence service was the sixth division of British military intelligence. Agent Alex Younger says the key features are for a career candidate empathy and intelligence. Of course, the most famous fictional MI6 agent, James Bond, has more ego than empathy. As these real-life examples show, a MI6 agent also needs some of Bond's daring.
0 Fitzroy Maclean's Kidnapping Mission
While Fitzroy Maclean's life was often unjustly claimed by the press, he was the inspiration for James Bond, the dashing MI6 spy who is the hero of Ian Fleming's novels. Maclean denied any association with Bond and events from Fleming's life supported his refusal . Fleming's biographer Andrew Lyncett claims that Fleming and Maclean were no longer friends when Fleming wrote his first Bond novel. While working for The Sunday Times Fleming declined to serialize any of Maclean's books in the paper, bluntly saying he loathed it. Their friendship never recovered.
Maclean might not be the inspiration for Bond, but his operations were worthy of the daring agent. In 1942, Mclean was sent by a special mission to Iran, then called Persia. Since the British [1965-4] had failed to live up to their promise to grant independence to the Arab and Persian countries after the World War Persia and other countries considered joining with the Allying Axis Powers World War II . Maclean and his men were sent to Persia to oversee General Fazollah Zahedi chief of the Persian military's Isfahan division, as it was suspected that Zahedi was planning an uprising among his troops – a rebellion backed by became axle forces.
Maclean and his men secretly held Zahedi at gunpoint and abducted him from his home. They flew him to Palestine, which then belonged to the British. (Zahedi returned to Persia in 1945 and later supported Shah Pahlavi's claim to the throne during the Iranian Revolution .) Though his exploits were impressive, Maclean was a modest man. He said dryly about his friend and colleague David Stirling: "Driving David Stirling was the most dangerous thing in World War II!"
. 9 William "Biffy" Dunderdale smuggles the puzzle machine
The mathematician Alan Turing decoded the codes for Enigma, a puzzle machine used by the German military during World War II. Some historians estimate that Turing's ability to intercept and decrypt messages from Enigma may have shortened the war by four years. However, Turing would never have owned the copies of the machine that allowed him to decode their codes without the help of William "Biffy" Dunderdale.
Another possible model for James Bond, Dunderdale, was MI6's association with the Poles and French during World War II. The Pole gave Dunderdale the first code to interpret messages from Enigma. When the Germans realized that the British had such valuable military information, the Germans began to change the code on a daily basis. Turing was commissioned to find a reliable method for decoding messages sent via Enigma. Dunderdale secretly smuggled Polish replicas of the Enigma machine and delivered them to Turing's research lab in Bletchley Park.
. 8 Michael Mason Murders His Killers  The last possible model for James Bond on this list was Michael Mason a boxer and furry catcher who performed covert missions in Germany and Romania. Mason spent his childhood living the rich lifestyle that James Bond embodied. He rejected this lifestyle when he fled to Canada as a teenager. Some of his missions in Germany have failed, but he is not remarkable for his association with a particular MI6 operation.
Rather, Mason was famous (or notorious, according to his opinion) for having killed those he believed were sent to assassinate him quickly and ruthlessly. MI6 claims that none of his actions is an assassination. Mason never denied that it was part of his own work. Mason did not deny killing men, but he had a code of honor. He claimed he had never killed anyone who had not tried to kill him before.
. 7 Oleg Gordievsky's Flight
Oleg Gordievsky's escape from Moscow is one of MI6's most notable operations. In 1982, he was sent to the Russian Embassy in London, where during the Cold War (19459004) he served as one of Britain's most valuable hidden KGB intelligence sources. Gordievsky's cover was allegedly compromised by a CIA double agent who put a truth serum in his drink. He was called to Moscow for interrogation. Gordievsky knew that the Russian government would kill him if he did not escape Moscow.
MI6 instructed Gordievsky to adopt the escape plan he had long hidden in a copy of Shakespeare's sonnets. Outside, he met a man carrying a Harrod bag and eating a marshal – Agent MI6 had said he would help him escape. He took the bag of Harrod. It would identify him as a British agent, so that other British agents would recognize him as an ally. By order of the man, he took the train to Leningrad and then boarded a bus to the Russian-Finnish border. He hid behind some bushes until he saw two men in a Ford car stopping in front of his hideout. One got out, opened the trunk, and signaled to Gordievsky that this was his ride. He got into the trunk of the car. The two agents wrapped him in space blankets to distract infrared surveillance cameras and heat detectors, gave him a tranquilizer and smuggled him to England.
. 6 Mark Allen's Legal Kidnapping Plan
As mentioned above, MI6 strongly denies that it plans assassinations. However, MI6 has the right under British law to assassinate, torture or kidnap persons if the operation is approved by the Secretary of State. According to documents discovered in a now-defunct government office in Libya, MI6 kidnapped two Libyan dissidents and their families in 2004 and relocated them to Tripoli in Lebanon. The abductions were part of an agreement between MI6 and the then Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In return for the removal of dissidents, Gaddafi said his country would halt the development of weapons of mass destruction and enable Western companies to carry out oil and gas exploration.
In 2012, lawyers from both abducted families filed civil suits against Sir Mark Allen, MI6's former anti-terrorist chief. In both cases, Allen was charged with having participated in extraordinary rendition, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment. After a four-year investigation, Scotland Yard, the Royal Police, stated that there were not enough grounds to sue Allen. The plaintiffs filed an appeal against the 2017 decision.
. 5 MI6 is reportedly unable to recruit Russian spies
Former British intelligence officer Richard Tomlinson states that MI6 founded a London news agency called Truefax in 1992, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The cleverly named Truefax contained no true facts at all, since it was not a legitimate news agency .
MI6 established it as a front to recruit Russian spies for the British government. Tomlinson claims that the newspaper was active for three months, but the Russians could not be deprived of intelligence services. A Russian military analyst confirmed Tomlinson's report and told the British newspaper The Guardian that Truefax was trying to recruit him.
. 4 Dudley Clarke's Late Night Visit
During World War II, Lieutenant Colonel Dudley Wrangel Clarke worked for the MI6 in Cairo, Egypt. He gave false information about the movements of Allied troops to the Axis powers. Clarke, a self-confident, charismatic man with a stylish fashion aesthetic, posed as a reporter for The British Daily The Times. Although he was a successful agent, Clarke is not known for his work in Egypt.
One night in 1941, when he was in Madrid, Spain, he was picked up by the police for what she considered suspicious: female clothing. Clarke did not want to reveal his identity as an agent and presented two cover stories. First, he claimed he was a novelist, and he examined the reactions of men to women's clothes to more accurately portray them in his novel. Later, he claimed he was delivering the clothes to a friend and decided to make a joke on her. Both stories were discredited because the clothes were tailored to Clarke. Clarke remained in MI6 and continued to work in Egypt, although his arrest gave the agency unwanted attention.
. 3 The Venlo disaster
Not all the daring operations of the MI6 are successful. After Britain entered World War II and declared war on Germany, Captain Sigismund Payne Best was commissioned to negotiate with Germans who allegedly planned the fall of Adolf Hitler. In fact, these Germans did not plan to overthrow Hitler. They were recruited by the head of Nazi spy service, Reinhold Heydrich. Heydrich instructed his recruits to collect information from the British who used their conspiracy as a cover, and he finally targeted the British agents.
Lured to Venlo, Holland, by the promise to meet a German who was instrumental in overthrowing Hitler, Best and Major Richard Stevens, the passport controller for the Hague, were instead joined by several men in one hit a big car, including two who sat on the roof, machine guns in hand and shot at the car in which the British agents were. Best and Stevens were captured, falsely accused of attempting to kill Hitler, and imprisoned in a concentration camp. They survived the war, but their reputation did not.
. 2 Cleric, the polite seductress
During the Second World War, a 22-year-old woman living in Lisbon secretly worked for MI6 under the code name Ecclesiastic. Geistliche was the lover of a German intelligence agency, to which she passed on false information about the success of the German rocket attacks on London.
Priests told their lover that the German rockets had destroyed Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, hoping that the misinformation about some of London's most important landmarks would cause the German military to misdirect its missiles. The clergyman's superior, Klop Ustinov, said that the clergyman "enjoyed the game of mobilizing its abundant female resources against normal male instincts".
. 1 Gareth Williams' (Possible) Murder
In August 2017, British MI6 agent Gareth Williams was found dead in the apartment where he was lodged for work. His body was placed in a North Face sports bag, and the bag was placed in the bathtub. Although Scotland Yard ruled that William's death was likely to be an accident, a police officer in the field doubted that conclusion. Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton said Buzzfeed that he suspected that someone had deliberately manipulated the evidence on the ground. According to Sutton, there was no DNA on the edge of the bathtub, on the zipper on the gym bag or on the doorknob of the apartment.
Despite the summer heat, the heating in William's apartment was turned on. Sutton believes that this has been done to expedite the decomposition of the corpse and prevent the police from finding evidence of the corpse. Williams' cell phone and laptop were neatly laid out in his living room. Prior to his death, Williams (a Codebreaker) was collecting Russian intelligence services for the MI6. Given the nature of his work, the cleanliness of the crime scene, and MI6's 10-day delay in reporting the missing agent, Sutton suspects the scene was staged. "It was too clean," he said. "It was too easy. Everything was laid out for us on a plate. "
United States. Officials confirmed that British Intelligence officers were working with US intelligence officers to investigate the possibility of Williams being murdered by the Russians.
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