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‘A public urinal where ministers and officials queued up to leak’

A review of Chapman Pincher’s Dangerous to Know. At 100, the Daily Express's veteran spycatcher isn't giving up his obsessions – but he still got most of the big stories right

22 March 2014

9:00 AM

22 March 2014

9:00 AM

Dangerous to Know Chapman Pincher

Biteback Publishing, pp.386, £20, ISBN: 9781849546515

Anyone brought up as I was in a Daily Express household in the 1950s — there were approaching 11 million of us readers — knew the writings of Chapman Pincher. His frequent scoops, mostly defence- or intelligence-related, sometimes political, scientific or medical, were unusually well-sourced and headline-grabbing. Now, aged 100, he has written his autobiography.

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