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The Pearl Harbor fiasco need never have happened

24 January 2020

10:00 PM

24 January 2020

10:00 PM

Action Likely in Pacific: Secret Agent Kilsoo Haan, Pearl Harbor and the Creation of North Korea John Koster

Amberley Publishing, pp.486, £20

It is sometimes said that intelligence failures are often failures of assessment rather than collection. This is especially so when the intelligence is unwelcome or unfashionable. MI6’s first report of prewar Germany’s secret U-boat building programme was withdrawn from circulation at the request of the Foreign Office, reluctant to alarm Whitehall’s appeasers.

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