Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cold War Spy Pact Details Released

Harry Hinsley, Sir Edward Travis and Brig Tiltman, who helped negotiate the intelligence sharing agreement between Britain and the US, in Washington in November 1945 Photo: NATIONAL ARCHIVES

How A Secret Spy Pact Helped Win The Cold War -- Time Magazine

For drama, it couldn't quite compete with Monday's arrest by the U.S. Department of Justice of 10 people charged with spying — with eight of them allegedly carrying out "long-term, deep-cover assignments for the Russian government." But for armchair spy catchers and amateur historians, last Friday's revelations were of even greater historical significance. Britain's National Archives and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) made public one of the most important documents in the history of the Cold War: the seven-page UKUSA Agreement, a secret pact that, since 1946, has allowed the two countries to share intelligence with each other. The agreement, released alongside examples of the kind of information that was passed back and forth, fills in significant gaps in the history of the Cold War and reveals one of the foundations of the special relationship that the U.K. and U.S. still hold dear.

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More News On The U.S. - U.K. Spying Pact

Original 'Echelon' secret UK-US spookery treaty published -- The Register
Document that formalised 'special relationship' with the US -- The Telegraph
Not so secret: deal at the heart of UK-US intelligence -- The Guardian
Details of British-US Cold War intelligence-sharing pact made public -- FOX News
Details of Cold War intelligence pact published -- AP
Cold War spy pact details revealed -- Press Association

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