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The State of Secrecy by Richard Norton-Taylor

The State of Secrecy

Spies and the Media in Britain

Richard Norton-Taylor

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Imprint: I.B. Tauris
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Publication date: 23 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781788312189

Richard Norton-Taylor reveals the secrets of his forty-year career as a journalist covering the world of spies and their masters in Whitehall.

4 stars out of 5
10 Feb 2020

"...an entertaining and timely book, written by a fine reporter who has made a habit of speaking unwelcome truth to power."

There is a tradition of journalists willing to suck up to British intelligence and publish spook-friendly stories – sometimes wildly inaccurate ones. Norton-Taylor was too independent and clear-thinking for that. He maintained good contacts in this crepuscular world, though. Often MI5 and MI6 officers told him to keep digging. His long relationship with the spies was “cat and mouse”, he writes... The State of Secrecy is an entertaining and timely book, written by a fine reporter who has made a habit of speaking unwelcome truth to power.

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