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The Big Breach: From Top Secret to Maximum Security

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Ex-MI6 chief admits agents do have a licence to kill but denies executing Diana". The Evening Standard. 20 February 2008. Archived from the original on 10 February 2021 . Retrieved 8 May 2020.

Tomlinson, Richard (9 February 2004). "Who was that at the shredder?". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017 . Retrieved 15 February 2013.

On 13 May 1994, Tomlinson resigned from MI6, suggesting in his letter of resignation that he had lost the motivation for a career with the organisation. He was later permitted to rescind his resignation. [24] Smith, Simon R. (1 January 2007). Diana: The Lying Game. Lulu.com. p.73. ISBN 978-1-4276-1734-7 . Retrieved 1 December 2012.

Harding, Luke (15 November 2017). "How Trump walked into Putin's web". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017 . Retrieved 30 January 2018.In 1999, Tomlinson enlisted in the French Foreign Legion, using a nom de guerre. He served with 3rd Company, 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment until medically discharged in 2003. Tomlinson is now believed to live in France, where he qualified and now works as an airline pilot. In May 1999, a list of 116 alleged MI6 agents was sent to the LaRouche movement's publication Executive Intelligence Review, [42] a weekly magazine which published it online. [43] Its names included Andrew Fulton, who had recently retired, Christopher Steele, David Spedding and Richard Dearlove. [44] [45] [46] MI6 biographer Stephen Dorril explained that most of the names were "light-cover" sources who worked out of embassies or missions posing as diplomats. [47] Dorril argued, "it is well known that rival intelligence networks know who these people are and accept them." [47] MI6 claimed that Tomlinson had originated the list, which was something he had previously threatened to do, although he denied responsibility for it, and MI6 were unable to substantiate their accusation. [48] [49]

Intelligence agent accused of trying to publish book about service". Agence France-Presse. 3 November 1997.Cochrane, Alan (9 February 2008). "Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019 . Retrieved 15 February 2013. In 2007, government lawyers decided not to prosecute him for publishing The Big Breach. [57] The Crown Prosecution Service said there was no real prospect of conviction in a jury trial, which would reveal "sensitive matters". [57] In 2009, MI6 agreed to allow Tomlinson to return to Britain, unfreeze royalties from his book and drop the threat of charges if he agreed to stop disclosing information about MI6 and speaking to the media. [7] According to The Sunday Times, MI6 also apologised for its "unfair treatment" of him. [7] Tomlinson then attempted to assist Mohamed al-Fayed in his privately funded investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and al-Fayed's son Dodi. Tomlinson claimed that MI6 had considered assassinating Slobodan Milošević, the president of Serbia, by staging a car crash using a powerful strobe light to blind the driver. He suggested that Diana and Dodi might have been killed by MI6 in the same way. Sir Richard Dearlove, head of MI6 at the time, admitted that plans of that nature had been drafted regarding a different Eastern European official, but that the proposal had been swiftly rejected by management. [6]

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