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1 January 2007

Trowbridge Ford sends two emails:

From: "Trowbridge Ford" <[at]>
To: <jya[at]>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 20:53:22 +0100


----- Original Message -----
From: Trowbridge Ford
To: Nellysymonds[at]
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 6:01 PM
Subject: corrected copy

----- Original Message -----
From: Trowbridge Ford
To: Nellysymonds[at]
Cc: parellic[at]googlemail. com [Michael John Smith]
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: (no subject)

Dear Mr. Symonds,
Thanks for your response. 
The manipulation of the Mitrokhin Archive should require a long book in itself - what your long post about the misdeeds of MI5/6 indicates, and what I am not in a position to write right now.
I do think that your case and Mike Smith's are connected.  Could it be that MI5, especially when Anthony Duff became its director, thought that Smith was some kind sleeper or illegal after he lost his position at Thorn-EMI Defence Electonics as a test engineer because of his communist past?  In light of OPERATION FOOT, British security officials had to be worried, like the security people at NSA, that despite its essentially stopping what was going on at the London residence, there were those - like the US Navy's John Walker in Washington - who were in a position to spill the beans if the Anglo-Americans planned to pull off something big, like triggering a non-nuclear showdown with the Soviets to end the Cold War.
After all, Britsh intelligence has never apparently identified SCOTT, 'K', ACE et al.  The first two were apparently Peter Wright - the communist sympathizer of suitable recruits from Oxbridge for Whitehall in the late 30s, and then the home-grown scientist who informed the Soviets of the need and knowhow of making their own atomic bomb. (Note the lengths that Andrew and Mitrokhin go to in order to avoid talking about this supreme spy, acting as if he, and his handler Vladimir Barkovsky were ultimately one and the same, and preferring to blame it all on reactivated agent Melita Norwood aka HOlA.)
While Andrew pooh-poohed what authors like John Costello and Oleg Tsarev were able to gain voluntarily from the SVR, claiming that they and others only received what it wanted them to obtain, he was certainly not prepared for what Nigel West and Tsarev wrote about SCOTT and 'K' in the text and the postscript to The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB Archives, pp. 231-36 and 274-8 - what left Andrew merely repeating what they had written without a word from Mitrokhin, pp. 114-5.  
In this regard, it is interesting to note that you were given the codename SCOT.  By this time, Wright was still busy hunting out all the old communists through the VENONA program, as he explained in Spycatcher:
"In all, I saw more than a hundred people.  Labor politicians like Christopher Mayhew and Dennis (sic) Healey, then Secretary of State for Defence, who refused even to meet me, were unwilling to discuss their memories of the Communist Party in the 1930s." (p. 242)
Is this why Mitrokhin, it seems, was so interested  in making you the source of the claim about Healey (Andrew, p. 429), and having you so interested in making your way to Australia and New Zealand - making it seem that you were interested in getting the latest fallout from the CAZAB conferences after Wright had taken retirement by apparently screwing all those ladies?  The Center apparently hoped or expected you to become another Gordon Lonsdale while providing cover of Wright - what became unnecessary when Arthur Martin, Stephen de Mowbray, Scott Miler and Sasia Gmirkin managed to continue his work through the publication of Anatoliy Golitsyn's New Lies for Old - what made the case for assassinating agents of influence who were plotting the takeover of the world.  Little wonder that you gave up your futile pursuits in April 1980. 
While you were an insurance agent, it seems, for more important ones, Smith was increasingly suspected by the British of being the source, ACE, who was providing Moscow with all that technical information about avionics, and was put on ice in September 1971, thereby avoiding the fallout from Operation FOOT.  He was reactivated in 1974, and supplied 90,000 pages of technical information about the new design of aircraft, aero-engines and flight simulators. "ACE's material on the flight simulators for the Lockheed L-1011 and Boeing 747 were the foundation of a new generation of Soviet equivalents." (Andrew, p. 421) Since the consequences of ACE's spying were easy to see, the British must have been frantic that despite all the hoopla regarding operation
FOOT, he was carrying on a most effective network.
Smith's employment at Thorn-EMI Defence Electonics as a test engineer must have led to his being suspected of being ACE or possibly one of his men - what led to the loss of his security clearance in 1978 when his communist past was discovered.  Still, ACE's spying continued, and it only stopped in the early 1980s when he died, leading MI5 and others, it seems, to conclude that Smith was not ACE. But there had been too many surprises in the past about agents for the British to be sure without testing the matter further, especially since SIS was now in the process of mounting its most daring, surprise attack, along with the Americans and NATO, so they decided to test who Smith really was, and what he was up to.      
Smith's surprise employment, of all people, in December 1985 at the GEC Hirst Research Centre in London is just too convenient to the lead-up to the Stockholm shooting of Olof Palme to have merely been coincidental.  I am quite confident that the Security Service was making sure that he was not an English equivalent of Walker and NSA's Robert Lipset - a walk-on who could tell Soviets what was now needed to protect their boomers from some American-NATO surprise attack, and to make sure that Moscow's covert communication systems had not been bugged by various Anglo-American services and agents.
I gather from MIke that he did nothing to arouse its suspicions in these regards, and London and Washington went ahead with statsminister Olof Palme's assassination, not knownig that Moscow had been able to recruit new walk-ons because of the reckless nature of the whole operation - what threatened nuclear annihilation for the whole world, especially because the Soviet had a whole fleet of nuclear-armed SS-23s, 82 of them, which the West knew nothing about, and would have been fired by Red Army hawk Marshal Oleg Ogarkov if push had come to shove.
I would be interested in hearing more about your source, and anything more he said regarding the hitman - the man with the funny fingers on his right hand - who apparently killed Palme, as I have long claimed that it was Captain Simon Hayward aka Captain James Rennie, Ops Officer of the BA's 14 Intelligence Company's South Detachment and author of Under Fire: My Own Story and The Operators, and my articles in this regard can be seen on cryptome,,, and
This is enough of my thoughts for now, but I shall finish them in another post which I shall send to Mike, and you a c.c.
Sincerely yours,
Trowbridge Ford 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 2:57 AM
Subject: (no subject)

Dear Mr Ford,
My friend Mike Smith has sent me a copy of your letter to him, and his reply to you.
He regrets that he cannot help you very much and asks if I can help you in any way?
I am afraid that my knowledge of your very interesting theories is as scanty as his.
I can only offer some 'snippets' that can be later developed (if of any use to you)
The Mirokhin Archive is a 'hype' Read my debunking of it on freewebs Dirty secrets of mi5/6
Vol2 (The rest of the world) was sent out to all the countries mentioned for them to 'edit'
after the 'scandals' that erupted after the Vol1 was printed without consultation of parties.
The Italians crossed out nearly all that was left after the SIS editing and the Cubans and Australians crossed out 'everything' written about their spies and blunders.
So neither of those 2 countries are mentioned at all in Volume2 (The Rest Of The World). 
The Indians are furious that they were the only country to not have the chance to edit in advance. That was because they had become the main English speaking 'target for sales'
The UK and USA (+ other English speaking countries) were the main  'targets' for Vol1 sales
Rome and Vienna were considered by the KGB to be 'safe' cities during the cold war and all my 'trips' started and finished from one of those cities. (and from there back to Ru or Bg)
I met up with more Italian KGB agents than any other nationality during my career.
I suspect Prodi as much as you do but I have no evidence whatsoever about this man.
Litvinenko was killed by Russian assassins hired by one of his 'enemies' in London. (B?)
The poison was likely brought back from Israel and supplied by one of B's ex-associates.
I feel sure that 'Putin' had nothing at all to do with this murder. It is inconceivable
I met Putin a number of times (whenever I went to Leningrad) I came to the conclusion that he was a 'good man' and that he would 'go far'  On the first occasion I was in the company of Valentin Logonov (who was later my KGB contact man in Bulgaria) Valentin had a nice flat in Leningrad.which I visited. We could watch the 'trotting' races from his balcony.
I agree that Olof Palme was killed by MI6. I was told that the actual murder wes carried out by their top hitman (who had made his 'bones' in NI) so if ever you spot an Englishman with
several fingers missing on his right hand  . . that will be him? .he still has his trigger finger.!!
You are quite right about Mike being made a 'fall guy'. I know it and that is why I am trying to help him (as are others) I think that Watson was possibly the 'Mr Williams' that entrapped Mike. We need to find a photo of Watson to make sure. Can you help?
Let me know if any of the above 'snippets' are of any use to you. I will help yoy wherever I can.
John Symonds

From: "Trowbridge Ford" <[at]>
To: <jya[at]>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 20:56:17 +0100


----- Original Message -----
From: Trowbridge Ford
To: Mike Smith
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 4:52 PM
Subject: Re: you, symonds, HUNT, ACE, romano prodi, etc.

Dear Mr. Smith,
Continuing my analysis in my e-mail to John Symonds - you both were in an excellent position to counter for the Soviets any active measures that London and Washington had planned after Olof Palme was returned as statsminister in Sweden's general election in the fall of 1982 - you because you were not the suspected sleeper that the British securocrats were looking for, and were worried about, while Symonds was the sleeper, it seems, that they should have been following.
It was hardly a coincidence that the 'bent copper' returned to Britain voluntarily just when London resident Yakov Lukasevics made his departure.  One must take with many grains of salt Mitrokhin's claims later that the KBG examined Symonds' mental condition without his knowing it, he made
his way back to Britain without its permssion, and that it feared so much that he would acknowledge his 'Romeo' service for the agency that it was engaged in seeking Bulgarian medical authorities to declare that he was mentally deranged after he returned, and claimed he worked for the KGB. (The Sword and the Shield, pp. 431-2)  Symonds added to the ruse by conducting his own defense, and then complaining bitterly when he was sentenced to two years in prison for taking corruptly £50 from London gang boss Charlie Richardson .
By the time Symonds got out of prison in 1981, Arkadi Guk codenameYERMAKOV was
increasingly involved in the London residence, trying to determine the active measures that the West was plotting to end the Soviet Union, but neither he nor Oleg Gordievski - the long-time spy working for SIS and now stationed in London - knew that Symonds was apparently FCD Vladimir Kryuchov's leading sleeper there - what he and Yuri Andropov had started when he made his last attempt to seduce a British Embassy secretary, codename ERICA.  She was a friend of his first effort there, codename VERA, but was not attracted to him from the outset - what was clearly intended by Moscow to make him look like a hopeless womanizer rather than a real Gordon Lonsdale now.  Lonsdale aka Konon Molody was the famous illegal who used his womanizing and radio transmission equipment as a cover for all the information he collected, and Lona and Morris Cohen mailed back to Moscow from Ruislip in books containing it on microdots.  (For more on this, see my article about Lonsdale in the Trowbridge Archive at
While Guk's efforts led to the expulsion of agent handlers Viktor Lazin, naval attaché Anatoliy Zotov, Anatoli Chernyayev, and others, and to still others were being recalled to Moscow because of alleged ineptitude, it all seemed intended to give the false impression, once Gordievsky arrived on the scene, that the KGB's operation RYAN (meaning nuclear attack in Russian) indicated that it was hopelessly at a loss about what London and Washington were attempting with some kind of first strike. "Guk's four, somewhat incompetent years as London resident," Christopher Andrew wrote erroneously in The Sword and The Shield, "included the most dangerous phase of operation RYAN." (p. 433.) 
Lazin had been expelled when Colin Figures took over SIS in 1981 because of the increasing interest he was taking in exploiting rising IRA responses to Operation 'Ranc' - the assassinations Britain had carried out in revenge for INLA's killing of Airey Neave.  Zotov was expelled after he and the air attaché were caught taking photos of Royal Navy ships departing from Portsmouth for the Falklands, and trying to recruit agents during the process. The Soviets responded by expelling British naval attaché Captain Bruce Richardson in Moscow in retaliation   Chernyayev, codename GRIN and HUNT's handler, was expelled in another 'tit for tat' exercise after the most successful S&T spy decided to call it quits after 14 years.
Now HUNT had caused British counterespionage a great deal of difficulty because it knew nothing about him.  Britain had long experienced telling S&T losses - what the famous agent ACE, still unknown, was responsible for, and what Soviet advances in avionics clearly demonstrated was occurring - but it had no idea who was providing it.  And when HUNT was reactivated in 1975, London was deprived any idea about it since it was done by an agent in France, codename MAIRE, rather than anyone from the London residency.  And until Gordievsky disclosed his existence in the early 1980s, if not his identity, while identifying his handler in England, Chernyayev, British counterespionage must have felt like it was looking for needles in haystacks - especially when HUNT was not exposed when Chernyayev was expelled.
And this, I think, is where you come in.  The counterespionage people took away your security clearance in 1978 at Thorn-EMI Defense Electronics in the hope that there would be less information going on to Moscow, indicating that you were the spy.  When the flow continued, they decided that you were not the source, especially when you wrote a letter to PM Margaret Thatcher in the hope that she would restore your security clearance. And it was partially restored soon after the Palme assassination when you were working as a quality assurance engineer a the GEC Hirst Research Centre at Wembly because you had not done anything suspicious in the interim.
When MI5/6 learned that you were definitely not HUNT - apparently through discussions that John Scarlett was having Vasili Mitrokhin in Leningrad - they had to create a false legend about you as a Soviet spy so that the public would not be concerned about the others, known ones like Melita Norwood and unknown ones like HUNT and ACE.  Viktor Oshchenko (codenamed OZEROV) allegedly made contact with you right after that trade union meeting in Kingston in May 1975, just when MAIRE was re-establishing contact with HUNT who Norwood had first recruited eight years before under similar circumstances.  
Once you had apparently wiped out your past and gained employment at Feltham in July 1976, thanks apparently to MI5 mistaking you for the other Michael John Smith, you were said to be working on top secret project XN-715, the radar fuse project for freefall nuclear bombs just when HUNT'S take was starting to go to handler MAIRE's English replacement, V. V. Yaroshenko - what led to Chernyayev supplying 800 items of classified information from 1979 to his expulsion in 1983. To encourage HUNT's efforts, the Soviets gave him £9,000 to start a small business in the hope that he could ship embargoed technology through it to Moscow.
Once London gave no details about what S&T technology information HUNT supplied (see, e. g., Andrew, p. 398) since that would ruin any false legend it was desirous of creating about you, it was free to say anything it wanted about you, thanks to the cooperation of Gordievsky and Oshchenko. The stories about testing your reliability by having you collect two packages of secret material from Spain, undergo an extensive "psycho-physiological test" of your truthfulness which became a KGB tool for all applicants, and deliver two rolls of film from a dead-letter-box in Paris to the resident in Lisbon could easily have been total fabrications as there is no apparent way to refute them.  And why wasn't there any record of your being paid for same - only the payments for documents and your retainer which you started receiving from 1979 after you had lost your security clearance?  
It all appears to be fabricated to me, intended for you to take some of the heat for what HUNT and possibly ACE were doing.  And this raises the intriguing questions of who HUNT was, what he was doing, and why were and are British counterespionage people so desirous of keeping his activities covered up, even at this most late date? "For legal reasons," Andrew wrote in note #7 on p. 641, "neither HUNT's real identity nor the government departments for which he worked (included in MItrokhin's notes) can be identified."  This means that he and his wife were still alive when Mitrokhin and his archive arrived in Britain in November 1992, and their identities could not be disclosed for fear of ruining their prosecution, or the Crown experiencing an embarrassing libel action. And HUNT had the unusual experience of having worked for several departments.
All signs point to Peter Wright being HUNT, the renegade MI5 officer who was now living in the Australian outback, and who did not die until April 27, 1995.  Even his new codename sounds like Wright, who had run the Security Services mole hunts, both in Canada and Britain, until he retired in 1976 - just when Wright said that he was rejoining the real world. (Spycatcher, Prologue, p. 1.), and HUNT resumed his spying after having been put "on ice" in 1971 for security reasons after Operation FOOT.  And like HUNT, Wright had worked for several government departments - Admiralty Research Laboratory, MI5, John Taylor's MI5/6 research laboratory, Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Australian Security and Intelligence Oraganization, Swedish Signals Intelligence Service and the Central Intelligence Agency.
And Stella Rimington, when she was its director of counterespionage, certainly added to the impression that Wright was HUNT when she wrote her memoirs in Open Secret after she retired as its director general:  "Spycather was a book designed to cause the maximum amount of harm and embarrassment to an organization which Peter Wright thought had cheated him of his due." (p. 186)  In fact, Wright was such an untrustworthy figure after he did not replace Roger Hollis as director in 1965 that she even called him, apparently facetiously, the "KGB Illegal", and compared him to known spy Michael Bettaney. (See pp. 177-8, though she only mentions Wright by name in this regard in the Index under his name, and being disgruntled over treatment.)  And Wright really became disgruntled over his pension just when Melita Norwood recruited HUNT in 1967, and HUNT's small business to supply embargoed technology sounds just like what Wright would do, if he too were a Soviet spy, with what he learned from catching Gordon Londale.
Of course, since Wright was now retired, it was hard to gain the kind of intelligence that he had easy access to before, especially since he was being paid a lot, unlike when he apparently worked for nothing as a spy recruiter, codenamed SCOTT, at Oxford before WWII, an unpaid collector of atomic intelligence, codenamed 'K', during it, and a volunter wrecker of Allied counterespionage after it.  (See Spycatcher, p. 54ff.)  Little wonder that the KGB put him (HUNT?) "on ice" in 1981 because of the costs, and fears that MI5 would finally take his measure.  Besides, with the publication of Anatoliy Golitsyn's New Lies for Old, Vladimir Kryuchkov's FCD knew that any surprise attack would occur in Europe's Far North, starting probably in Sweden.  About former statsminister Olof Palme, Golitsyn explained, the KGB had a leading agent placed in the leadership of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, whose position it was not loath to use assassinations to promote. (p. 55)
With the sidelining of HUNT, it was hardly surprising that Moscow also ended for the same reasons the spying by ACE, the famous aeronautics engineer, it seems, who had stolen everything conceivable about commercial aviation - much of which found its way to his Italian counterpart, Bolonga's Romano Prodi aka UCINTEL. ACE seems to have been Guiseppe Martelli, the physicist from Pisa's Intstitute on Physics who used his interest in theoretical studies at Brussel's Euratom and Culham Laboratory as bases for collecting intelligence of a much more practical nature.  As Wright wrote, defector Golitsyn did not know about him since he had only become operative recently, and Martelli did not have access to secret atomic material, recalling that Portland's Harry Houghton had become such a successful spy by recruiting girl friend Ethel Gee as one. (p. 270) 
Instead of allowing Martelli to betray himself by giving him time to obtain secrets from his Abington associates, and the new girl friend he had picked up while his family was back in Pisa, Wright allowed the investigation in 1963 to cease after his office had been searched, so that he was only found to have material for conducting possible espionage, not that he was actually communicating with a foreign power - resulting in a failed prosecution which undermined the claims of the FBI's informant Fedora, and Wright predictably blamed, recent reflection, upon the treachery of MI5 director Roger Hollis. And Martelli, like HUNT, was still very much alive when Mitrokhin indicated their treachery.         
In short, Mike, I believe that you were punished for Peter Wright's spying, and what he permitted other Soviet spies to do, and you will continue to be blamed for it as long HUNT's and ACE's identity and role remains secret - what British securocrats have had no interest in ending for a decade now, and for obvious reasons. Their dogged claims that you were handled by Lazin and Chernyayev - persons you claim you never met, and I believe you - indicate just how closely your two cases are permanently tied.  In fact, London and Rome apparently found a marriage of convenience about the spying by the three, promising to keep their identities and role secret for their mutual benefit - what the reckless pronouncements by Alexander Litvinenko, and the EU MP Gerard Batten and the Italian Senate's Mitrokhin Commission taking them most seriously led to his assassination.
You, I believe, must go on the offensive about them, especially HUNT.  If I were you, I would research what Wright did after he retired from MI5 in 1976.  Did he establish a small business in the late 1970s, dealing in the purchase by foreigners of technology under embargoes?  And Wright's wife, Lois, was certainly alive and well at the time of its low-level spying, as her picture in Spycatcher when it was published demonstrated. She would have been an ideal courier, and it is most understandable that the KGB would not have been willing to pay much for the kind of agency gossip Wright was picking up then, especially given all the crucial information that he had provided all the way back to 1938 when he got married.    
And one most be most dubious about British counterespionage claims about disaffected MI5 operator Michael Bettaney compouding Moscow's problems - what Andrew and Rimington have gone on about, thanks to SIS's recruitment of Gordievsky and his joining the London residency -by being arrested when he tried to explain to Guk why the Soviet spies had been caught - what the resident considered to be a British provocation, resulting in the former Northern Ireland operator being sentenced to 25 years in prison. It seems that the Soviets were quite right to consider his offers provocations that there was no need of taking since Moscow had enough input about what London and America were up to, thanks to John's, it seems, spying. 
The US Navy's Barents Sea Mission in 1981 and the Able Archer one in 1983, with NATO, showed that Washington was increasingly prepared to mix it up with Soviet forces in the far North, and the Soviets were not sure how to respond to the provocations.  When Admiral Ace Lyons' task force, headed by the USS Mt. Whintey,
sneaked all the way into the Barents Sea, off the Kola Peninsula, by jamming Soviet radars, and made mock attacks, thanks to real-time photos from KH-11 satellites, on Soviet aircraft caught unawares - followed by US surface vessels sailing into alleged Soviet waters - gungho US Navy Secretary John Lehman had apparently shown that the Red Banner Fleet had no sanctuary from American surprises.  But the November 1983 Able Archer one showed that Moscow would simply pull out all the stops if Washington pushed it too hard, resulting in its abrupt cancellation for fear that a spiraling confrontation would break out.
Washington and London had to find a secret triggering mechanism which would oblige the Soviets to react in ways which would help facilitate a non-nuclear conclusion to the Cold War - the picking off of so many Soviet boomers in series in the Barent Sea and Arctic Ocean that Moscow would surrender rather than risk nuclear annihilation - the fourth scenario that Ola Tunander has discussed in Cold Water Politics:  The Maritime Strategy and Geopolitics of the Northern Front, pp 100-2.  The only difference between what Tunander discussed, and what Washington and London planned at the end of February 1986 with Task Force Eagle and NATO's Anchor Express Exercise aka Operation Armageddon was to make it look like a defensive responsible to what the Soviets had triggered by assassinating Sweden's statsminister Olof Palme on the 28th.
And here, I suspect, is where John, the Soviet sleeper, comes in - what would, it seems, help explain why the Soviets were so much more optimistic when Nikolai Shishlin, a close adviser of rising Mikhail Gorbachev, addressed the Soviet Embassy staff in London during March 1984.  "He made no mention," Andrew wrote, "of the threat of surprise nuclear attack." (p. 433)  He had to have a good reading of what Washington and London were now planning - what only a well-connected spy could provide - and this meant that there would be no surprises from the West, particularly of a nuclear nature.
And this was after Symonds had done everything he could to get British security to clean up its police, and its fallout among the nation's intelligence services.  After his telling the Hertfordshire Constabularly under immunity in 1983 about all its corruption, and got nowhere, he must have told the KGB enough about where the corrupt members of the Metropolitan Police's SB were, and what they were doing during the 1980s - in the hope that the Soviets would recruit them - that he learned what MI6 and the MoD were up to when they were obliged to assassinate Palme. And as a result, the Soviet embassy's residency was closed, and its bugged phones
inoperative - what CIA station chief Jennone Walker had arranged with Säpo, the Swedish Security Service, on the night Palme was murdered. The Anglo-American plotters hoped that Stig Bergling, the convicted Soviet spy, would try to flee to the USSR that night while on compassionate prison leave in order to get married - what would make him the ideal fallguy for the assassination.
What I believe Symonds learned was written about by Duncan Campbell in the New Statesman & Society in June 1988.  He talked about how two former members of Met's SB, former Detective Chief Inspector David Palmer-Hall, and former SB commander Rollo Watts, had given Säpo a completely false impression about the threat the statsminister faced.  This was after Charles Morgan, apparently aka Felipe Vidal, had tried to recruit assassins in both Stockholm and London but without any
success.  Palmer-Hall, though he had retired from the Met in 1980, Campbell wrote, still liased directly with MI6, and Watts was then working with former SAS Major David Walker's Saladin security firm. 
"Shortly after Palme was killed," Campbell added, "I was told by threee independent sources that recruiters for the killing - variously described as a group of Swedish businessmen, with Finns and Germans also involved, possibly financed by a South African group - had approached mercenaries and arms dealers in London in order to find a suitable 'hit-man'.  All the sources agreed that the former SAS (Special Air Service) and other possible killers approached had turned down the contract, and had then passed details of the approaches to Special Branch or to MI6 contacs. In turn, MI6 passed a warning to Säpo."
Of course, this was a complete misrepresentation of the threat, giving MI6 a clear shot at Palme when its reassessors of the statsminister's bodyguard performance started being conducted on February 25, 1986. And this is where Captain Hayward comes in - the hitman with the damaged fingers on his right hand.  I still would like to know how Symonds learned about him.  Also did Hayward threaten Palmer-Hall in December 1989 after the former Ops Officer of the 14 Intelligence Company's South Detachment (June 1985-March 1987) was released from Malmö prison - what Dectective Inspector Morgan and Detective Sergeant Moore had arranged by backing up claims that he was engaged in drug-trafficking when he was caught in Motala on March 13, 1987? Someone apparently kidnapped the dubious copper then, MP George Galloway asking embarrassing questions about him.  And was Assistant Commissioner C. V. Hewett, New Scotland Yard, another 'bent copper'?
And, of course, what can Symonds add about the activities of HUNT and ACE?
That's enough for now, and I shall send it off without even reading it over as I am now quite tired. If anything is completely screwed up, I shall send a correction. And probably another e-mail to clear up remaining bits - especially who set up you by wanting to industrial intelligence.  Sounds like something HUNT might want to do in order to make some amends with MI5, but I shall let you know my read of it soon.
And remember, I think that those spies who prevented the Palme assassination from going global are heroes, not traitors, since they prevented the confrontation from spinning out of control into a nuclear war which would have killed us all.
Sincerely yours,
Trowbridge Ford 
----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Smith
To: Trowbridge Ford
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: you and romano prodi

Dear Mr Ford,
Thank you for your email. You have certainly got hold of a lot of interesting information, and I did read through your recent articles on Cryptome. Were you ever a professional researcher?
The points you make may be true, but unfortunately I have no knowledge or even a suspicion that there is any link between my case and that of Romano Prodi. I have thought about what you say, but I do not think I could add anything to support your analysis.
Before I joined GEC Hirst Research Centre in December 1985 I was not working on any sensitive military projects, and once I had started at HRC I was also limited in my access to those areas of the company where military projects were located. For example, there was a laboratory where special quartz crystals were manufactured for use as oscillators in Trident missiles - I had no access to that project.
I cannot comment on the military details you mention regarding Trost, etc, as I know nothing about these things. I am not sure what Oleg Gordievsky told the British Secret Services, but his statement in my trial was that he knew nothing about me at all, despite the prosecution claim that I had been a Soviet agent between the 1970s to the 1990s, during the time when Gordievsky himself was working as Deputy Rezident or Rezident for the KGB in London.
I have never been involved with any eavesdropping operations, and as I said above, in 1986 I did not have access to any secret information that I could pass to anybody, including the Soviets.
I have not studied the Mitrokhin Archive material that is in the public domain, except for that which is about myself, so I do not know anything about UCHITEL. Although ALARM was being developed in the early 1980s, it was years before it was available as a practical weapon, and I believe it was not until 1991, during the Gulf War, that ALARM was used in a serious role, and even then it was far less significant than the American's HARM missile, according the the US military's own assessment. I know that ALARM is one of the missiles carried by Tornado fighters, but again I know no more than is already in the public domain, as I have never worked on either of these projects. The one document marked "restricted" in my case was claimed to come from the ALARM project, but in the legal arguments at my trial and appeal there was never any official confirmation that the document was used on the ALARM project - this document was only in my desk because my predecessor used it as one of the samples during a Production Capability Approval Exercise (to prove to the British Standards Institute that HRC was capable of producing the Surface Acoustic Wave filter referred to in the "restricted" document - it was a commercial product).
So, in answer to your questions, I do not think I can add anything to help you with your story. However, in 1997, I was told something interesting by another prisoner who had worked for British Army intelligence. This man was named Bryan Carter, and he had been convicted of murder and was at that time still awaiting the outcome of more charges for Treason (which were later dropped). I explained my history to Carter, and how I had been approached by a man named Harry Williams, who was interested in developing a relationship with me because of my background working at HRC. At the time I was flattered thinking that my reputation as an expert in Quality Assurance techniques had caused me to be head-hunted, however, it appeared that I had been drawn into some sort of industrial espionage operation.
Where this becomes very suspicious is that Bryan Carter told me he had in the past been working with a millionaire businessman called Richard Watson, and Watson had been involved in collecting industrial secrets to feed to the Russians. Carter told me that Watson had various people working for him and that one of these agents was probably the Harry Williams who had approached me in early 1990
Where this story becomes more sinister is that Carter told me he knew Richard Watson was an MI6 agent, and that Watson owned a business dealing in electronic equipment (computers), and he did a lot of business in Russia. One of Watson's contacts was Viktor Oshchenko, at that time living and working in Paris. Carter told me that Oshchenko was also an MI6 agent ( i.e. a double-agent, as he was already working as an SVR officer at the Soviet Embassy). Therefore, as far as I am aware, Richard Watson and Viktor Oshchenko were two MI6 agents playing part of a plan to steal industrial secrets from the UK and feed them to the Russians.
Something went wrong with this plan and Richard Watson was murdered on 10 December 1996 by a hit-man. I have no idea who killed Watson, as I was not even aware he might have had a link to my case until Carter told me this story, but it seems that either MI6 or the SVR could have ordered Watson's murder. Nobody has ever been charged with this murder, and to this day it is an unsolved mystery and a case that conspiracy theorists love to speculate about. I have provided a couple of links below that give some of the details if you have never heard of Richard Watson before:
At the moment I am concentrating my efforts on trying to overturn my conviction, as I was entrapped by MI5, in a similar way to the later "Russian spies" Rafael Juan Bravo and Ian Parr. If you think you have any information that may help me then I would be interested in your views.
Mike Smith
On 12/11/06, Trowbridge Ford <> wrote:
Dear Mr. Smith,
I have become interested in the Mitrokhin Archive's relation to Romano Prodi, the Litvinenko assassination, and now possibly you, as you may have noticed by seeing my two articles about the poison assassination while looking for your own posts on John Young's Cryptome.
I am now fairly sure that you were ultimately made the fall guy for Prodi's spying, and am writing an article to this effect. 
It's thesis is that London let you gain employment at the GEC Hirst Research Centre in December 1985 in the hope that you could provide leads that the Soviets were on to the non nuclear conclusion to the Cold War that it planned to trigger with the assassination of Olof Palme here in Stockholm on February 28, 1986 - what Washington, London, and NATO hoped would catch Moscow completely by surprise, and Navy Secretary John Lehman's attack submarines would be able to sink their boomers while they went hurriedly on station in anticipation of a surprise pre-emptive attack. Then Admiral Carl Trost's Task Force Eagle and NATO's Anchor Express Exercise would eliminate all land and air forces protecting the Kola Peninsula, resulting in Moscow throwing in the sponge to the struggle because its underwater nuclear deterent had been destroyed.
When the whole, wild plan was prevented by massive Soviet spying, particularly by the CIA's Rick Ames and the Bureau's Robert Hanssen, mutinies by Admiral Trost, and Anchor Express Exercises being stalled by avalanches in Norway's Vassdalen, and you did nothing to arouse suspicion, you were forgotten about until the real end of the Cold War when more secrets were bound to come out - what would apparently confirm by Oleg Gordievsky had long claimed to suit his new masters. 
I wonder if GCHQ in early 1986 thought you might be able to supply Moscow with information about all the eavesdropping it, NSA, and CIA were carrying on to make sure that the Soviets did not know what the West had in store for them? 
When Vasili Mitrokhin started telling John Scarlett what the Soviets had been up to in Italy, especially Prodi's spying, both London and Moscow decided to set you up as the source of much of what he did. 
What I particularly want to know is this:  What connections can you make between the ALARM project, the development of the Tornado, etc., and what UCHITEL is said to have provided the Soviet's in Andrew's Sword and Shield, especially p. 480.  Of course, anything else you can say about these matters would be most appreciated.
Sincerely yours,
Trowbridge H. Ford