Maurice Oldfield

Maurice Oldfield

Maurice Oldfield, the son of a tenant farmer in Derbyshire, was born in 1915. He studied medieval history at Manchester University and during the Second World War served in the South Staffordshire Regiment. Later he was transferred to the Intelligence Corps.

After the war Oldfield joined MI6, the Secret Service with responsibility for counter-espionage outside Britain. He worked in London before being posted to the Far East and Washington.

He made gradually progress under Sir Dick White and in 1973 replaced Sir John Rennie as Director-General of MI6. He held the post under Edward Heath, Harold Wilson and James Callaghan before retiring in 1978.

In 1979 the new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, asked Oldfield to coordinate security and intelligence in Northern Ireland. He left this post in 1980 after his positive vetting clearance was withdrawn. Apparently this was because he admitted that "from time to time engaged in homosexual activities."

Sir Maurice Oldfield died in 1981.

Maurice Oldfield

He was born at his grandmother's farm just outside Youlgrave, Derbyshire and grew up at a house called Mona View in Over Haddon. He went to school in Bakewell, and studied history at Victoria University of Manchester, where he graduated with a first class degree and was elected to a fellowship.

During World War II, he served as an officer in the Intelligence Corps, mainly in Egypt.

After the war, Oldfield joined MI6 (the Secret Intelligence Service or SIS). From 1973 to his retirement in 1978 he was Director of the SIS.

In 1979 the new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, asked Oldfield to coordinate security and intelligence in Northern Ireland. Shortly afterwards it was discovered that he was using the services of male prostitutes. He was subject to a security review to ensure there had not been blackmail or pressure from Soviet counter-intelligence. When nothing was discovered, he was told to curb his behaviour and left in his Northern Ireland post. In a statement on the matter to the House of Commons in 1987, Thatcher said: "he had contributed notably to a number of security and intelligence successes which would not have been achieved had there been a breach of security." [1] [2]

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Maurice The Mole

The Village poses a question - Maurice The Mole? The Provisional IRA knew Sir Maurice Oldfield, Chief of MI6, was a homosexual. Did the Soviets know too? By Joseph de Burca.

Forty years ago this month Margaret Thatcher sent Sir Maurice Oldfield, the former Chief of MI6, to Belfast to co-ordinate the activities of the various branches of British Intelligence in Ireland.

Kieran Conway, the former Provisional IRA Director of Intelligence in the 1970s, has confirmed to Village that the Provos knew Oldfield was gay.

In 2017 the Hart Report into child sex abuse published details of an MI6 document which revealed a “small collection of papers in file three which relate to the relationship [Oldfield] had with the Head of the Kincora Boys’ Home (KBH) in Belfast”. The “Head” of Kincora was “Warden” Joseph Mains who abused teenage boys at Kincora and elsewhere.

What, if anything, did the Soviet intelligence apparatus, the KGB, know about Oldfield’s homosexuality? More significantly, if the KGB found out, what did they do with the information? Joseph Mains, according to MI6 records he had a “relationship” and a “friendship” with Oldfield.

The answer is nothing despite the fact it could have destroyed him. Such inaction makes no sense as Oldfield was reputed to have been a highly effective opponent of the KGB. The notorious MI6 traitor Kim Philby described him as an officer of “high quality” and “formidable” in his memoirs.

Date Updated: April 16, 2015

Deacon’s book may not be the best biography of Oldfield, but I have to trust him owing to his experience and his demonstrated knowledge of British Security Services. In WWII, Oldfield joined the military and became a sergeant in Field Security in Egypt, Palestine and Syria. He was commissioned in 1943 and posted into the Intelligence Corps. His service was spent mostly at the Cairo headquarters of SIME (Security Intelligence, Middle East) where his talent was spotted by Brigadier Douglas Roberts.

Oldfield finished the war as a lieutenant colonel with an MBE. Immediately after the war Roberts was made the head of counterintelligence in the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), more commonly known as MI6: Oldfield became his deputy from 1947, a post he held until 1949. Oldfield was posted to Singapore from 1950 to 1952 as deputy of SIS’s regional headquarters and then from 1956 to 1958 as SIS’s regional head, covering south-east Asia and the Far East. In 1956 he was appointed CBE.

Following a short spell in London from 1958 to 1959, Oldfield was selected for the key post of SIS representative in Washington, where he remained for the next four years, with the main task of cultivating good relations with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a task he had started during his Singapore posting. In 1964 he was appointed CMG. His close ties with James Jesus Angleton, the head of the CIA’s counterintelligence branch, were reinforced by their shared interest in medieval history. But Angleton also persuaded Oldfield to believe without question the product of KGB defector, Anatoliy Golitsyn, who was claiming, amongst other things, that the Sino-Soviet split and President Tito of Yugoslavia’s breach with Moscow were clear cases of Soviet disinformation. Soon after leaving Washington, Oldfield withdrew his belief in most of Golitsyn’s more creative stories.

On his return to London, Oldfield became director of counterintelligence and in 1965 C’s deputy. He therefore had reason to feel aggrieved when he was passed over in 1968 in favor of Sir John Rennie from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, whom he later succeeded as C in 1973. This made Oldfield the first member of the post-war intake to reach the top post. Under his leadership, SIS benefited from the good relations he cultivated with both Conservative and Labour ministers at home and from its improved standing with friendly foreign intelligence services with which he kept in personal touch. Oldfield personally liaised with Lord Carrington at the time of the Littlejohn Affair in 1972 and mounted the black propaganda campaign against the Littlejohn Brothers, Kenneth and Keith, in the world media. His support enabled Lord Carrington to survive as the Secretary of State for Defence in the Heath government. Oldfield was privately a great admirer of the Littlejohn brothers and admitted that he reluctantly agreed to their sacrifice when a swap was arranged with the government of Jack Lynch in the Republic of Ireland for another agent John Wymann and an Irish Special Branch officer Patrick Crinnion.

Oldfield was appointed KCMG in 1975 and GCMG on his retirement in 1978: the only C so far to have received this award. He was also the first to cultivate chosen journalists at meetings in the Athenaeum Club. This led to the smile on his pudgy face behind horn-rimmed glasses appearing in the press when he became the first Director General of SIS to disclose his identity to the public when he gave an interview to the Daily Express in August 1973 to deny that the SIS had armed the Littlejohn brothers. He later admitted they had us on the ropes so we had to fight dirty. The Littlejohn brothers, serving 20 and 15 years penal servitude in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, were unlikely to have viewed the events of the period in the same light hearted manner of the man who had given them their orders and then reneged on his obligations to them.

Pamela, Countess of Onslow, who was a close friend of Oldfield, and of Keith Littlejohn, confused the previously known account of the Littlejohn Affair by stating shortly before her death that the two were known to each other for two years before the events in Ireland took place. She described a typical Oldfield Machiavellian maneuver in which the information Keith Littlejohn had passed to her about Kenneth’s discovery of Russian arms in the Republic of Ireland, was firstly given to Oldfield who requested that she passed it to Lord Carrington. Carrington then involved himself by contacting Oldfield. It was Oldfield’s way of protecting the SIS and himself from any serious consequences from the involvement of a loose cannon like Kenneth Littlejohn. He created a political buffer between SIS and the subsequent furore and the earned kudos for assisting Carrington. To the credit of the brothers, they never revealed the fact that Carrington was the patsy in the affair.

At 21 Queen Anne’s Gate in London, dating from 1704, is a house that served for 47 years as the office and official residence of the first chief of MI6. Here the legendary Mansfield Smith-Cumming launched the more pretentious traditions of the service: the chief is called “C” whatever his real name he is unknown to the public even if fully known to adversarial intelligence services he alone may use green ink for written communication. (Reinhard Heydrich was so impressed with SIS, I understand, that when he headed Hitler’s Sicherheitsdienst he too insisted on being called “C” and he too established a green-ink monopoly.):

The first “C”, born Mansfield Smith in 1859, changed his name to flatter his wife’s wealthy grandfather. Severe seasickness threatened his naval career until he obtained shore assignments and did well at them. When he became chief of SIS he was still a very junior officer, his service outranked and outbudgeted by the intelligence sections of the army and navy only in the 1920s did MI6 begin to attain its currently pre-eminent position.

Any novelist inventing a Captain Mansfield Smith-Cumming would be hooted out of town by the reviewers. The man fancied disguises and swordsticks, He built a secret passageway between this building and 54 Broadway. And after an automobile accident in 1914, it was probably he who initiated the tale that he had freed himself from the wreckage by hacking off his own leg. (The limb was surgically amputated the next day.) Smith-Cumming even used his wooden leg to promote his bizarre image, often stabbing the prosthesis with his letter-opener during conversation.

Smith-Cumming’s successors here eschewed his calculatedly colorful ways. And in 1966 SIS moved to modern Century House, south of the Thames, two miles away geographically but light-years away in the style of operation within.

In London, beyond the heavy traffic lumbering in over Lambeth Bridge is Thames House, Millbank. In 1937 Britain’s domestic security organization moved from Cromwell Road (see Site 44) to two floors of Thames House, subsequently spilling over into offices in Horseferry Road. The move was uncomplicated the entire staff numbered only 28! All of MI5 could, and did, gather for tea in one room here.

The atmosphere must have been quite collegial at the office (or The Office, as some initiates say). Sir Vernon Kell still headed the organization he had founded 28 years earlier. His hiring policies stressed family background and military record, and his recruits fitted in well with each other—they were each other. They were never investigated for subversive leanings someone from the proper background couldn’t be traitorous. (The women hired as clerks and typists came from similar families but were required, in addition, to have good legs.)

With the increasing threat of Axis subversion and sabotage, Kell moved all of MI5’s files (and his staff of 92) to Wormwood Scrubs. Personnel commuted from’ Central London, solemnly warned not to reveal their employment even when conductors on the No. 72 bus were heard to announce cheerily, ‘Wormwood Scrubs, all change for MI5.’ A beguiling amateurism marked British intelligence efforts in those days. As a precaution against air-raid damage, Kell ordered Ml5’s files photographed for storage elsewhere only after the war were the negatives found to be overexposed and useless.

Today an enlarged and refurbished Thames House is once again MI5 headquarters. But these days women are valued for more than their legs. MI5’s first female chief, Stella Whitehouse Rimington[3], has been described by the press as ‘a .formidable intellect and administrator’ and ‘one of a group of female high-flyers within MI5.’ She heads a force of approximately 2,300—just over half of them women—and is said to have annual expenditures of ‘between £300 million and £500 million’. (Until the new openness promised by John Major takes place, we must be content with such estimates.) The focus of MI5 has also shifted from its early days with the threat of subversion reduced, a very large percentage of MI5’s resources now goes into fighting terrorism and some may soon go into fighting organized crime. But Kell would be utterly astounded by the new complaints mechanism for the citizenry, and by talk of a press office (!), a telephone number for public access (!), and an all-party parliamentary committee to which the service would be accountable (!)

[1] See Berkeley, Roy (1994). A Spy’s London. London: Leo Cooper, p. 5

[2] See Berkeley, Roy (1994). A Spy’s London. London: Leo Cooper, pp. 17-19

[3] The current Director General [April 16, 2015] is Andrew Parker, a career MI5 officer with some 30 years of professional experience in a wide range of national security and intelligence work, including in the fields of Middle East terrorism, counter espionage, Northern Ireland terrorism, serious and organized crime, protective security, policy and strategic planning.

ITN News: ‘Sir Maurice Oldfield Smear’ (21.11.86)

Includes contributions from Sir George Young, ex-deputy Director MI6 who was recently mentioned by John Mann MP – HERE – and Colin Wallace.

The term ‘Practising Homosexual’ is used ubiquitously to the point where it becomes quite comical. Asked how he’d describe the allegations that Sir Maurice Oldfield had been a ‘practising homosexual’, Sir George Young replies, “As a lot of cock.” – Quite…

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Breaking story in Ireland (the Republic thereof, nothing to do with Kincora and such matters):

thanks justin, i had not come across that site the american perspective is interesting and there seems some data useful for cross referencing.

BEWARE the big picture zip link on that site triggered my antivirus stuff and does not seem available.

FWIW Special Branch was set up to fight the Fenians- it was originally ‘Special Irish Branch.’

i know its not very relvant but have you seen this gojam.

Shocking homophobia in the above report footage. One might presume from listening to this that straight spies would never be vulnerable to a honey trap by a female spy. Kind of throws all those Bond movies out of the window too, doesn’t it? One day all the adults who made LGBT children’s lives a misery during the 1970s and 󈨔s will be lined up in a revolutionary court to face charges for their child abuse.

When “batting for the other side” was a criminal offence spies and others were more vulnerable to blackmail as a result of their activities than for instance someone having a hetrosexual affair. To suggest that stating so is in some way shockingly homophobic is ridiculous.

Politically correct hypersensitivity a malevolent tool of the Frankfurt School. You should read up on it, not everyone agrees with your world view and never will you can either give yourself a complex or get over it.

Yes, Oldfield abstracted what he considered to be important papers from the MI6 archive about Hess. I believe they are in the Netherlands.MI6 threw out all their files on Hess.

thanks, the netherlands detail might make sense at some point.

the small file of hess papers that went to auction a couple of years ago and were eventually bought by an anonymous buyer for $80k were perhaps a reminder that the most interesting stuff was still in safe keeping.

dpack. I’m also curious about what you’ve written. Is there a suggestion that dickie and airey were not victims of republican terrorism? Or that republican terrorism was not what it seemed, at least at that point in time? Dear old dickie’s demise does seem a remarkable thing when you look back at it, given his military and imperial stature and his being at the centre of all kinds of arrangments regarding the royals. Even wikipedia allows that he had an active extra-marital life, including, an allegation, sourced to a Barry Wheen book about Driberg, that his lordship had a sexual interest in men.

i think it best to keep an open mind about such matters but neither the official or the semi official versions of the murders of airey and dickie have some difficult inconsistencies .some of the more lurid versions of events are deeply implausible.
i thought it was generally accepted that dickie was bi ,that however is probably only of slight relevance to his central role in a very big game.

dpack, does the murder of Ross Mcwhirter, come in to the same category as the ones mentioned? Hope you will be publishing your book one day for us all to read!

as far as i am aware mcwhirter was trying to drum up support for a zero tolerance/ethnic cleansing type of approach to ending republicanism in ni.
he was active in far right politics and quite mouthy in a soft target with a big gob it would not surprise me if he was killed by pira as the official version suggests but as with all such matters keeping an open mind about his murder is wise.
his political activities might well have brought him into close contact with others of like mind and any number of factions within spookdom who may have had a motive for bumping him off (or permitting it )as an enemy, as a risky friend or even as anti republican propaganda.
without further data my instinct is he was killed by a pira mainland active service unit on their own initiative.

sorry my bad.
i worded that rather messily it makes more sense if the neither becomes both

opps ,in the first version neither made sense and i failed to amend it when i reordered the rest of the sentence.

to summarize i do not think the official explanation of either murder is complete or correct .

^ Personally, have always thought the Neave assassination is much the more suspicious of the two.

The INLA were a very odd and disreputable organisation, a far less professional outfit than the PIRA. I think that the two organisations occasionally co-operated on operations but not frequently. That they were capable of carrying off such an operation in Central London against someone like Neave at the height of the Troubles without assistance doesn’t seem to pass the smell test to me. (Incidentally, in more recent years, in 1998, they claimed responsibility for the assassination of dissident loyalist terrorist Billy Wright while he was in prison, and similarly it is widely rumoured that they were given an ‘assist’ in this operation.)

The Mountbatten assassination I think is less suspicious. Leaving aside the rumours about his private life, he was by many accounts a rather vain man, someone with a high opinion of himself that was not necessarily backed up by ability. It could be simply be what it is at surface value – he was lax about his personal security, assuming that the friendliness of those locals that he encountered during his trips to Monaghan would somehow protect him from any harm, & the Provos saw their chance and took it.

a slightly odd “coincidence” is that willie macrae seems to have worked for dickie in burma as a naval lt commander and ADC.
he was also involved during the transition to indian independence which dickie presided over.

in the light of john mann’s statement regarding the scope of the”dickens papers” im wondering what was the content of the papers that seem to have gone missing between willie leaving for a weekend away and the inventory of his belongings after he was dead.
i had suspected it was a simple list /proof of vip csa offenders that he intended to share with mr dickens but i recon it might have been of a far more dangerous nature than that.

Fwiw, an interesting article about the Anglo Irish Agreement, signed 30 years ago by Margaret Thatcher and Garret Fitzgerald:

So the suggestion is if I read it correctly of a far right faction in intelligence servies that objected to even the Thatcher administration’s tepid moves in the direction of a peace process?

Fwiw, if Oldfield was the model for Smiley, it seems to me that in the books, Le Carre dropped several hints that Smiley was a largely celibate homosexual – e.g., his wife is depicted as sleeping around, with Smiley turning a blind eye, with the implication (though never directly stated) that their relationship was platonic.

Dpack, when you refer to “the true nature of the “security situation”in ireland”,can you elaborate on what you mean here please? Security forces collusion with loyalist paramilitaries or something else?

imho the troubles were created and maintained and significant assets in many factions managed as one part of an operation intended to install and justify a “strong government” to the general public and reduce opposition to it in any action it chose to(or was told to) take especially in relation to cold war strategy and a neoliberal global agenda.

this is mostly about italy but demonstrates the basic game plan.

much the same strategy of tension was used in many contexts and in many places . some the mechanisms of the ni part are in the needle’s kincora related threads but the theme runs through the political aspects of many subjects covered over the last few years.

it worth remembering that there are always a variety of players in the big game and byzantine does not come close to describing the complexity of realpolitic.

It’s amazing that the Timewatch programme was actually broadcast, considering the revelations it makes about our deeply undemocratic and brutally controlled, parallel world. It is scary to think that the post war, Communist paranoia of the likes of the Americans like Angleton and those on the right in Europe, sent us down a path of brutal terror, to make people more beholden to the State, through what they termed “The strategy of Tension”. It is the ultimate fairy tale, in this case the evil terrorist set up to keep the people in fear.

It is therefor, not difficult at all to imagine Kincora in this context. Interestingly, in the first part of the programme, at about 36min, Gerardo Serravalle, the Italian Commander of Gladio in Italy, describes how ‘Special Branch’ in the UK was specifically created to fight the IRA. That the lives of innocent People and Children from their own Country, have been seen as dispensable in this power game, is sickening to the stomach. What can be done to change this, when those in power are the brutal “puppeteers”?

Should of course have said “..the post war paranoia of communism …” and not “communist paranoia”!

I always find your posts interesting and perceptive but I’m afraid this is a conspiracy theory too far for me:

“imho the troubles were created and maintained and significant assets in many factions managed as one part of an operation intended to install and justify a “strong government” to the general public and reduce opposition to it in any action it chose to(or was told to) take especially in relation to cold war strategy and a neoliberal global agenda.”

To me the causes of the Troubles were really quite simple: in theory Northern Ireland was a ‘normal’ democracy but in reality many districts were gerrymandered, making it virtually impossible for a nationalist MP to be elected. Catholics were routinely denied employment in all but the more menial Northern Ireland government jobs and even in many of the larger private sector concerns. Initially peaceful civil rights marches started up from the early 1960s onwards and were attacked by loyalist mobs.

Few people now remember that as of 1968 or so, nationalists/Catholics in working class areas were damning the (then dormant) IRA as “I Ran Away”, and that the British Army was originally sent in mainly to protect nationalists from loyalist mobs, because the situation was becoming increasingly embarassing for Westminister, and there was diplomatic pressure from the US government, influenced by the Irish-American lobby.

When the conflict properly kicked off, after Bloody Sunday, the new breed of IRA men who were emerging, the Provisionals, tended to be heavily influenced by left wing political ideology (Brian Keenan, a top IRA commander, was an ideological Marxist). Others, such as Martin McGuinness, were less influenced by Marxist ideology or even socialism per se, and more influenced by just an instinct, at least initially, of protecting their communities.

That is not to dispute at all that various actors were moving chesspieces in the background, operating in a clandestine fashion, in some cases perhaps even trying to pull strings on both sides, but the essence of the conflict to me doesn’t relate so much directly to Operation Gladio IMHO.

tdf much of what you say is correct but it is only a small part of the jigsaw.
the arms that mcgrath recieved 1968 from south africa were used to arm the “back up ” of the unionist mobs,those arms were almost certainly brokered by henniker (who was head anglo irish mason and therefore senior to mcgrath and mckeague[and blunt] ).
henniker was very close to the old soe balkan/east med crew (maclean(politics and spookery),amery(politics,le cercle,spookery),neave(politics,spookery,ryder[spookery/insertions of polish assets etc etc ] .the balkan soe/6 crew also included the italian aristocrat mentioned in the timewatch film.
neave and ryder had a close link via her charity to hn sporberg /hambro’s bank which provides just one degree of separation to angleton.
i could expand at length with references for the above.

as one example of many from the republican side of things steaknife(14 det/fru)>a year living in the english home of his handler who is a very scarey man(so i wont name him)when things got too hot for both of them in ni.
pira developed from a community defense force but once armed by gadaffi(cia/6 asset ?his terrorist trainers included quite a few recruited directly from fort bragg)and directed in part by steaknife they played their part.
inla trained and armed by gadaffi (see above)

the above is a very short version of the available data but with only a few bits of the jigsaw the gladio b theme does seem to be a noticeable pattern.
the more parts added and joined to other sections the clearer the picture becomes.
on the mainland the far right/far left and the assorted political tricks(clockwork orange ,the wilson plot,the aborted 74 coup plot,stirling’s private army,the gov/employers v unions etc etc )add to the overall picture.

i recon the gladio b model fits the known data quite well.

im not the only one wearing a tin foil hat ,this has a slightly different slant to my take on things but covers some common ground and adds a few more bits to the jigsaw .the references make for interesting reading,
it is of note that oldfield is said to have been aware of and concerned by deeply undemocratic activities from quite an early date.


Maurice Oldfield, who was Britain's top spy in Washington at the time of the Kennedy assassination.

"The interviewer was a master spy, later to become head of the service.

"I felt his hand on my knee under the table.

"I thought it might be some sort of test, but when it began to creep up my thigh I decided that was the end of that." ( So what's new about gay spies? - Independent )

Maurice Oldfield was boss of Britain's MI6 spy agency.

At university, a strong influence on Oldfield was Sir Lewis Bernstein Namier , born Ludwik Niemirowski, political secretary of the Jewish Agency for Palestine.

Lord Victor Rothschild "pressured to have Maurice Oldfield installed as intell boss, who in turn promoted other homosexuals, before being sacked by Margaret Thatcher in 1980 as details of visits by young boys to Oldfields home reached her." ( "FOR KNOWLEDGE ITSELF IS POWER” Intelligence saying )

Maurice Oldfield became boss of Britain's MI6 in 1973.

In the early 1960s, Oldfield was Britain's top spy in the USA.

He worked with the CIA's James Jesus Angleton.

Maurice Oldfield's friend Tom Driberg (left) with the Russian spy Guy Burgess, friend of Lord Ted Rothschild. ( BRITAIN RUN BY AGENTS OF FOREIGN POWERS? ) Tom Driberg MP was a rent-boy loving spook with links to Russia and hence Israel. ( SPOOKS AND SPARES GIRL MODELS AND RENT BOYS )

Lady Onslow, a close friend of Oldfield, worked with the ex-Borstal organisation 'Teamwork Associates' in London.

Keith Littlejohn had spent time in Borstal and was known to Lady Onslow.

Lady Onslow stating shortly before her death that Oldfield and Keith Littlejohn became known to each other around 1970.

In 1972, MI6 recruited the Littlejohn brothers, petty criminals, to carry out bank robberies and bomb attacks in the Republic of Ireland.

MI6 said to them that there was "going to be a policy of political assassination" for which they were to make themselves available.

Ben Gurion and Teddy Kollek . Kollek was a close friend of Oldfield who was a frequent visitor to Israel.

After Oldfield's retirement, Oldfield confessed he had lied to cover up his homosexuality.

In 1987, Margaret Thatcher confirmed to the House of Commons that Oldfield was gay.

Boys at the Kincora Children's Home in Northern Ireland were reportedly 'used' by the security services.

The head of Britain's MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield , was reportedly observed by his Special Branch guards partaking of Kincora's facilities. ( The troubles: Google Books Result )

Allegedly, Oldfield shared boys with Russian spy Sir Anthony Blunt, Noel Coward, several bishops, and an archbishop. ( Cached )

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a spy novel by John le Carré, featuring George Smiley, who is said to be based on Maurice Oldfield.

According to " The Biggest Secret of World War II ": during World war II, Maurice Oldfield was arrested with the King’s brother, the Duke of Kent, Prince George, a boyfriend to Sir Anthony Blunt.

"A policeman rounded up what he thought were 3 drunken street whores, only to find they were . the HIGHEST in the land.

"Maurice Oldfield and the Duke of Kent . had links to Victor Rothschild.

"Rothschild was Churchill’s mentor he made Churchill’s decisions."

Famous gay spies include Britain's Guy Burgess, Sir Anthony Blunt, and Alex Kellar, director of MI5's F Branch (Communist subversion) ( So what's new about gay spies? - Opinion - The Independent )

Victor Rothschild, who worked for various prime ministers, and for the security services. He was reported to have given away secrets to Israel

20 April 1987

The Times

"Mr Chapman Pincher, the author, who knew Sir Maurice during his intelligence career, says in a new book that he was a homosexual who consorted with young male prostitutes.

"There was particular concern over claims that Lord Whitelaw, when he was Home Secretary, received a report on Sir Maurice Oldfield's alleged homosexual activities from the then Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir David McNee, in the late 1970s. At that time, Sir Maurice was a special security co-ordinator in Northern Ireland after being brought out of retirement.

"According to Mr Pincher, in his book Traitors: The Labyrinths of Treason, Special Branch officers who were giving Sir Maurice round-the-clock protection throughout his Northern Ireland appointment, discovered that male prostitutes were visiting him in his flat in Westminster.

"A report was sent to the then Mr William Whitelaw, it was claimed, and Sir Maurice was warned by a senior minister 'in the most direct language' to curb his behaviour. It appeared that no further action was taken, although Sir Maurice resigned as Ulster security co-ordinator in 1980 through ill-health. He died a year later at the age of 65.

"There were reports in the Belfast newspapers, attempting to link Sir Maurice with the scandal over the Kincora welfare hostel for boys, which in 1980 was alleged to have been used for hiring out boys for homosexuals."

Julian Amery

Julian Amery frequently met Maurice Oldfield at the Savoy Grill.

Julian Amery was the son of Leopold Amery (1873-1955), who hid the fact that he was a Jew. (Le Cercle membership list - WikiSpooks)

Churchill once said of Leopold that he regarded the Empire as his own personal property.

Leopold was the author of the final draft of the Balfour Declaration, a trustee of the Rhodes Trust and a supporter of the Rothschild-Warburg-financed Paneuropa Union.

Julian Amery became chairman of the rightwing Le Cercle.

Julian was an MI6 operative.

He was co-founder of the CIA-sponsored Congress for Cultural Freedom and had links to Bilderberg and BCCI.

He was a member of the Other Club together with Lord Rothschild, Tony Blair and others.

According to Julian Amery: "The prosperity of our people rests really on the oil in the Persian Gulf, the rubber and tin of Malaya, and the gold, copper and precious metals of South- and Central Africa. If the communists [or anyone else] were to take them over, we would lose the lot. "

Julian Amery was a member of the Monday Club among whose leading figures were the Cecil family who have links to the Rothschilds and Oppenheimers.

Revealed: The spymaster and Nazi peacemaker Rudolf Hess

When the bidding ended for lot 171 in a US auction room last week, the $130,000 (£82,000) offer was insufficient to secure its prize – a small, ripped, buff folder marked “Most Secret” with the word “Hess” faintly scrawled in pencil across the cover.

The failure to meet the $700,000 (£441,000) reserve price was shrugged off by the auctioneers in Chesapeake City, Maryland. After all, this was “perhaps the most important wartime archive ever to be offered for private sale”. The file contained 14 documents written by Adolf Hitler’s deputy führer, Rudolf Hess. Together, it is claimed, they offer a rare insight into the mindset and goals of the man behind one of the strangest and most perplexing episodes of the Second World War.

On 10 May 1941, while London endured one of the most devastating nights of the Blitz, Hess parachuted on to a Scottish field on a self-declared mission to negotiate peace with Britain. He failed, was captured, and later died, aged 93, as “Prisoner Seven” in Berlin’s Spandau prison.

How the file ended up on sale in the US is as mysterious as the saga of Prisoner Seven’s arrival in Britain. Hess experts told The Independent on Sunday that they believe the file was taken from the archives of MI6 by its former head, Sir Maurice Oldfield, prior to his death in 1981, to prevent its destruction by the UK authorities. Alexander Historical Auctions said that it acquired the papers from an unnamed European individual, and that it had received no approach from the British authorities to claim them.

Hugh Thomas, a former military surgeon who once treated Hess and is the author of two books exploring the theories that “Prisoner Seven” was an imposter planted by the Nazis, said that he had personally handled the file and was aware of its provenance. He said: “Sir Maurice removed the file without the intention of permanently depriving the government of it, because he was concerned it could be destroyed . and the truth about Hess’s captivity concealed.”

Scott Newton, professor of modern British history at Cardiff University, said recently: “Like many historians, Sir Maurice believed the Hess affair still holds great secrets. Unusually, he had the chance to take action to stop the archives being ‘weeded’ before they were opened to historians.”

Among the documents is a letter sent by Hess to King George VI in 1942 asking for the appointment of a commission to investigate his treatment in captivity. In a separate document, drawn up by Hess after his meeting in May 1941 with the Duke of Hamilton, the Scottish aristocrat who he hoped would act as an intermediary with Winston Churchill, the deputy führer laid out what he saw as the desperation of Britain’s position in the war. “The British cannot continue the war without coming to terms with Germany. By my coming to England, the British government can now declare that they are able to have talks.”

The auction house owner Bill Panagopulos said that while the file did not make its reserve, he still expected to complete a sale. “We have much interest from potential buyers,” he said.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the sale and it had no reason to believe the file had come from its own archive. A spokesman added: “We do not comment on matters concerning the Secret Intelligence Service.” The government’s own papers on Hess will remain closed until at least 2017.

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Martin Pearce has a distinct memory of asking his uncle what he did and hearing the reply ‘Oh it’s quite boring really, dear boy. I’m a kind of security guard at embassies’. It was an unusual choice of career for the son of a Derbyshire farmer, who normally would have followed his father on the farm. But the truth was much stranger than that, because Maurice Oldfield was Head of MI6.

He was educated at Lady Manners School and then went to Victoria University of Manchester after gaining a scholars Martin Pearce has a distinct memory of asking his uncle what he did and hearing the reply ‘Oh it’s quite boring really, dear boy. I’m a kind of security guard at embassies’. It was an unusual choice of career for the son of a Derbyshire farmer, who normally would have followed his father on the farm. But the truth was much stranger than that, because Maurice Oldfield was Head of MI6.

He was educated at Lady Manners School and then went to Victoria University of Manchester after gaining a scholarship. He gained a First Class degree in Medieval history and was elected a fellow. Then World War 2 started and he went from a quiet university life to signing up his potential was realised, and he was seconded into the Intelligence Corps. His war service meant that he was awarded an MBE, and promptly joined MI6, starting in Counter-Intelligence. So began his career in the shadowy world of the spies.

He spent a lot of time overseas, working from the embassies in Singapore and Washington and cultivated a vast network of informants, both friends and acquaintances who would provide snippets of information and reports to him. His great strength was his analytical mind and the way that he could draw all these pieces of information to give him the bigger picture. His other strength was playing the waiting game, letting a target have some free reign with the hope that he would then make the mistake so they could bring him in. He was in Washington during the Bay of Pigs events and it is thought that his counsel with Kennedy played a small part in averting a larger catastrophe. Returning to the UK he was promoted to director of counter-intelligence, and second in line to the head. He missed getting the top job when Sir John Rennie was appointed, but his time had not come. That happened in 1973 and he became the first head not to come from an establishment upper-class background nor attended Eton or Oxbridge. He held the position until he retired.

Peering into the smoke and mirrors that is the intelligence services in the UK, Pearce has uncovered and told us the true story of his uncle. It was a pretty blemish free career apart though it was tarnished at the end after an alleged event when he was the co-ordinator for security and intelligence in Northern Ireland. It was a minor blot on an exemplary career, but it was thought to have been a rogue element in MI5 that caused questions to be raised. It is a fairly balanced account as Pearce has sought to uncover the evidence and report accordingly. With all of these books on spies, it would be equally fascinating to find out the gaps in the account that Pearce was not able to discover. Would be right up your street if you like real life spies. . more

Maurice Oldfield was born in the kitchen of the family farmhouse, Meadow Park Farm, in the parish of Youlgreave, Derbyshire, on 16 November 1915 and grew up in the nearby village of Over Haddon. So from such humble beginnings, to rise to become the chief of MI6 was some achievement it was usually the well connected and more often than not Oxbridge educated gentry that aspired to the post.

After academic life in Manchester, he served in HM Forces during World War II when he ended up in the Field Maurice Oldfield was born in the kitchen of the family farmhouse, Meadow Park Farm, in the parish of Youlgreave, Derbyshire, on 16 November 1915 and grew up in the nearby village of Over Haddon. So from such humble beginnings, to rise to become the chief of MI6 was some achievement it was usually the well connected and more often than not Oxbridge educated gentry that aspired to the post.

After academic life in Manchester, he served in HM Forces during World War II when he ended up in the Field Security Police (FSP), a junior part of the Intelligence Corps, and this stood him in good stead for his later career. In his role in the FSP, Oldfield had his first taste of the middle east when he became part of the Security Intelligence, Middle East, when working in the Suez Canal Zone.

He was later to spend much time in the Middle East in such places as Singapore and Malaysia where he built up a network of contacts that served him well with information about all the goings on in the area - and it was quite surprising to read that there was plenty of espionage activity to report on. He was to receive the MBE for the splendid work that he did while in the Middle East.

Later when his wartime boss, Brigadier Douglas Roberts, joined MI6 in 1947 he only agreed to do so on condition that Oldfield would be appointed his deputy. Needless to say he was appointed and his MI6 career was about to begin and he was eventually to work his way up by some quite brilliant work around the globe to become the Director, this after spending time in such posts as Deputy Head of Station (Far East) and Head of Station (Singapore). In both these postings his previous experience in the area proved to be invaluable and he kept in contact with all his old contacts so that he was always well aware of what was happening.

Thereafter he was involved in all the major espionage episodes in British history that took place while he was in office, including the Burgess and Maclean affair, the investigation of Philby, the outing of Blunt, the Commander Crabb incident and all the various Russian defections that took place. And as Councillor at the British Embassy in Washington he was close to the Cuban Missile Crisis before returning to London as Deputy Chief of MI6. This led to his becoming Director of Counterintelligence before becoming the head of MI6.

He eventually retired with a deserved knighthood and was then appointed Security Coordinator for Northern Ireland. This appointment was short-lived for a variety of reasons and he resigned and went into retirement. Towards the end of his career the question of his sexual preferences came to light and some unfortunate questions were asked in the House of Commons that queried whether or not he could have been compromised in his time in MI6.

He hadn't been compromised but it was a distasteful episode in the life of a man who was extremely well liked by all the Prime Ministers with whom he worked including Harold Wilson, his particular favourite, Ted Heath and Mrs Thatcher. He was also a dedicated family man who would take every opportunity to return to his roots in Derbyshire to see family and friends, this even when accompanied by his ever-present bodyguards. And wherever he was in the world he would always keep in contact with his family.

'Spymaster' is an exceedingly readable book and gives a fascinating, at times gripping and always candid account of the very complex world of a master spy.

Maurice Oldfield - History

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Sir Maurice Oldfield GCMG CBE (16 November 1915 – 11 March 1981) was a British intelligence officer and espionage administrator. He was the seventh director of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1973 to 1978.

He was born on 16 November 1915 at his grandmother's farm just outside Youlgrave, a village in Derbyshire. He grew up at a house called Mona View in Over Haddon. He was the first of 11 children of Joseph Oldfield, tenant farmer, and his wife, Ada Annie Dicken.

He was educated at Lady Manners School before winning a scholarship to Victoria University of Manchester. There, he studied under the famous historian AJP Taylor and specialised in medieval history. He graduated with a first class degree and was elected to a fellowship.

During World War 2 he joined the British Army. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps in July 1943. Most of his wartime service was in in Egypt at the headquarters of SIME (Security Intelligence Middle East) in Cairo. This was primarily a counter- intelligence organisation, whose role was to detect hostile agents in the region and counter their activities.

By the end of the war he had been promoted to major. In 1946, he was awarded an MBE.

After the war he joined the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6. From 1947 to 1949, he was deputy to Brigadier Douglas Roberts, the head of counter- intelligence, whom he had served with in Egypt during the war.

After two postings to Singapore (the first as deputy head, the second as head of the SIS regional headquarters) he was awarded the CBE. From 1959, he spent four years as the SIS representative in Washington DC. This was a key post, important for the maintenance of good relations between the SIS and the Central Intelligence Agency.

On his return, he became director of counter- intelligence and deputy to the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service Sir Dick White. He was passed over for promotion when Sir John Rennie succeeded White in 1968. He eventually became director when Rennie resigned in 1973, he held this post until his retirement in 1978.

In 1979 the new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, asked him to coordinate security and intelligenc e in Northern Ireland.

He died on the 11th March 1981.

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