A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE by Sarah Helm

By Sarah Helm

In the course of international warfare the specific Operation Executive's French part despatched greater than four hundred brokers into Occupied France -- a minimum of a hundred by no means lower back and have been pronounced 'Missing Believed Dead' after the battle. Twelve of those have been ladies who died in German focus camps -- a few have been tortured, a few have been shot, and a few died within the fuel chambers. Vera Atkins had helped arrange those girls for his or her missions, and while the struggle was once over she went out to Germany to determine what occurred to them and the opposite brokers misplaced in the back of enemy lines.

But whereas the lady who conducted this awesome project seemed quintessentially English, she was once not anything of the kind. Vera Atkins, who by no means married, lined her existence in secret in order that even her closest relatives knew virtually not anything of her previous. In A existence IN secrets and techniques Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera's many veils and -- with unparalleled entry to professional and personal papers, and the cooperation of Vera's family -- vividly reconstructed a unprecedented lifestyles.

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In the business world, information in the wrong hands can destroy a corporation, put people out of work, bankrupt local merchants, and devastate shareholder families. If your competitors want your company’s strategic plans, they don’t care whether they get them from your computers or your garbage. The form it takes is irrelevant—the content is what matters. Forms of Information When I use the word information, what exactly am I talking about? The classic definition describes information as organized data, but that’s not really very useful in our present context.

People sometimes feel compelled to put themselves at risk for a cause, which is how Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations recruit their members and why many agents from communist bloc countries became agents for the United States. Terrorists tell their recruits, for example, that they are doing God’s work, which appeals directly to the recruit’s ego. It is similar in the espionage world. They are then trained to make the agent a money- or ego-based agent because with changing world events, ideology gets confusing and an agent motivated by more personal concerns is easier to control.

Legal and Regulatory Filings Government agencies and regulations require organizations to publish a variety of information. The content of these filings and releases is usually specified by the relevant government agencies, both foreign and domestic. However, many companies go beyond the scope of these requirements, releasing much more information than necessary. This situation has spawned the growth of a new industry made up of legitimate businesses that provide a specialized checking service.

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