BBC: CIA, MI6 and the Assassination of Africa’s Great Leaders – Patrice Lumumba
Apr. 2, 2013
NewsRescue Editor – It seems 2013 is the year of great confessions. We are just digesting the sad confession on the war against Iraq in which no less than 1 million innocent Iraqi’s died and how that was merely orchestrated for oil. Here’s another on the BBC:
MI6 and the death of Patrice Lumumba – BBC
A member of the House of Lords, Lord Lea, has written to the London Review of Books saying that shortly before she died, fellow peer and former MI6 officer Daphne Park told him Britain had been involved in the death of Patrice Lumumba, the elected leader of the Congo, in 1961.
When he asked her whether MI6 might have had something to do with it, he recalls her saying: “We did. I organised it.”
During long interviews I conducted with her for the BBC and for a book that in part covered MI6 and the crisis in the Congo , she never made a similar direct admission and she has denied that there was a “licence to kill” for the British Secret Service. Read more…
Licence to kill: When governments choose to assassinate -BBC
Can state-sponsored assassination work as a strategy? And can it ever be justified? Governments don’t admit to it, but Iranian nuclear scientists know it happens – and it’s not easy to distinguish assassination from the US policy of “targeted killing”.
Seventy years ago, a team of British-trained assassins were preparing to strike. Their target was Reinhard Heydrich, one of the most feared men in the Third Reich, then ruling Czechoslovakia.
Britain’s recently formed Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the Czechoslovak exile movement based in London both needed to make a mark.
The planning for Operation Anthropoid, as it was known, is detailed in formerly secret memos in the National Archives.
They reveal how two Czechoslovak volunteers trained in Britain and then parachuted in.
“The two agents concerned have been trained in all methods of assassination known to us,” reads one memo from January 1942. “They intend to carry out this operation whether or not there is any opportunity of subsequent escape.” Read more…