publication . Article . 2004

Policing the past: official history, secrecy and British intelligence since 1945 \ud

Aldrich, Richard J.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2004
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
This article provides a systematic analysis of post-war government policy towards the history of secret services. It focuses particularly upon the problem of preserving secrecy and argues that official history was an instrument through which government sought to address public pressure for the release information, while also extending a degree of control. It shows how the authorities enjoyed some initial success in cloaking the most significant wartime activities, including signals intelligence and organised strategic deception. However, this secrecy was eventually eroded by ‘insiders’, armed with privileged information and near-immunity from prosecution under t...
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