07 December 2006

Stella Rimington & Oleg Gordievsky Cross-examination

The cross-examinations of both Rimington and Gordievsky at my trial in 1993 have just been published on the Cryptome website. I found their evidence to have been extremely biased, as they were interpreting the exhibits only in a way that indicated some link to a KGB explanation. It was particularly significant that Stella Rimington was supporting the prosecution case that I had been recruited as a KGB agent by Viktor Oshchenko in the 1970s, that he had taught me spy tradecraft, and sent me on a training mission to Portugal in 1977. Then at the very end of her cross-examination, by Rock Tansey QC, Rimington then admits that MI5 had no evidence I had ever met Oshchenko, which immediately makes her claims appear unsubstantiated.

I appear to have overlooked mentioning that another important document from my trial is also available on the Cryptome website. This is the complete arguments about admissibility of evidence before and during my trial, and it shows how biased the judge was in supporting the prosecution case. It was these rulings by the judge that gave the prosecution the opportunity to bring in a lot of irrelevant evidence and speculation that was designed to portray me in a negative way to the jury, and this made it much easier for the prosecution to obtain my conviction.


  1. Anonymous8:22 PM

    Makes you wonder what Rimington told the PM about you doesnt it...I mean at the Crown Court youre being labeled a spy, but the head of MI5 knows youre not aspy cos youve never met the guy youre supposed to be spying for...

    Are you saying the head of MI5 is a liar

  2. Oh no, I wouldn't accuse Stella Rimington of being a liar; that might be considered a libellous thing to say against her. But I do think she finds it very difficult to tell the truth.

    MI5 appear to have come up with the wrong analysis in several major cases in the recent past, and so it seems pretty certain that a culture of sloppy thinking exists in the management of the Security Service. As Richard Tomlinson has said, these intelligence services like to create a mystique about themselves, and I suppose embellishing their claims with a bit of creative fiction helps them to appear more competent than they really are.