The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War (Paperback)

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This is the account of the young British intelligence officer who risked her career and freedom to expose the Bush-Blair WMD pact to declare war on Iraq, for the illegal purpose of regime change. Was she right to do so? That is the question that lingers in terms of her achievement, against the wider perspectives of the Great Game.

— Andrew




In January 2003, 28-year-old GCHQ translator Katharine Gun received an email from the US National Security Agency that would turn her world upside down. The message requested Katharine's assistance in co-ordinating an illegal US-UK spy operation which would secure UN authorisation for the Iraq invasion. Horrified, she decided to leak the information to the British press.

Katharine's decision would change her life forever, as she was arrested under the Official Secrets Act whilst becoming a cause c l bre for political activists. The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War is the definitive account of a whistleblower case that reads like a thriller, and will ask you the same question that was asked of Katharine that cold January day - where do your true loyalties lie?

About the Author

Marcia Mitchell is the author of numerous non-fiction and fiction books. She is a former Associate Director of the American Film Institute, and former senior executive of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She divides her time between her homes in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Southern California.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780008355692
ISBN-10: 000835569X
Publisher: William Collins
Publication Date: August 27th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English