Sunday, May 27, 2012

British Security Coordination and Forged Maps

Source: The Irregulars: Roald Dahl And The British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington.  By Jennet Conant

The BSC's anti-Nazi underground was from the start "a shoe-string operation", and relatively little had been accomplished by the spring of 1942 when Hoover moved to rein in Stephenson's activities and ordered him to curtail their defensive efforts in the southern republics.  Hoover, Bryce noted, was a man for whom " jealousies and petty rivalries meant more than great causes."  Although the FBI direction was "on good terms" with Stephenson, "he was immensely touchy at the thought of any British interference in what he regarded as 'his territory.'"  In March, Bryce alterted Lippmann to the gravity of the situation: "If you felt at all inclined to write anything about the danger to S America, I could give you any number of facts which have never been published, but which my friends here would like to see judiciously made public, at this point."