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- Because something is not what it is said to be, Ma'am, does not mean it is a fake. It may just have been wrongly attributed.
- Alan Bennett, in A Question of Attribution; said by Anthony Blunt, who was Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures and a Soviet agent.
- Mrs O'Grady has been sentenced to death. Personally I doubt whether she is guilty of anything more than collecting information. She probably pictured herself as a master spy, and cannot bring herself to say that there was really nothing behind it all.
- Guy Liddell, Director of Counter-Espionage for MI5, the British Security Service, in a diary entry (17 December 1940); this refers to Dorothy Pamela O'Grady, an Isle of Wight landlady; on appeal her sentence was reduced to fourteen years' imprisonment.
- I played it slightly tongue-in-cheek because I never quite believed that James Bond was a spy because everybody knew him, they all knew what he drank. He’d walk into a bar and it would always be, 'Ah, Commander Bond, martini, shaken not stirred.’ Spies are faceless people.
- Roger Moore in “Roger Moore interview: 'I was never very confident with girls'” by Tim Auld, The Telegraph, 23 May 2017.
- Excuse me, can you help me? I'm a spy.
- Terry Nation, in lines for the the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, in the Doctor Who episodes Genesis of the Daleks [12.4] (8 March - 12 April 1975)
- His spies are seated round about.
- Rigveda, m. 1, hymn XXV (trans Griffith)
- No spy, however astute, is proof against relentless interrogation. Some unforseen circumstance, some trivial lapse, is pounced upon, exploited by the interrogator, until a break is complete.
- Lt-Col Robin Stephens, Commandant of Camp 020 which was the secret British centre for interrogating suspected Nazi spies during World War II. Stephens aimed to get "a break" in which the spy would make a full confession, and almost always succeeded. "Camp 020: MI5 and the Nazi spies" (2000) by the Public Record Office, p. 105
- The spies of the underworld are legion. Craven crooks, for the most part, they are prey to blackmail.
- Lt-Col Robin Stephens, who divided spies into three broad categories: patriots, of the underworld, and just mercenary, "Camp 020: MI5 and the Nazi spies" (2000) by the Public Record Office, p. 106
- Indeed, there may well be many who will agree that death by hanging is almost too good for a sailor who will encompass the death of thousands of his shipmates without qualm.
- Lt-Col Robin Stephens, Commandant of Camp 020, in a report recommending no reprieve from sentence of death for Duncan Scott-Ford who had admitted communicating information about Allied ships to German agents. Scott-Ford was hanged. "Camp 020: MI5 and the Nazi spies" (2000) by the Public Record Office, p. 198
- And we did have fun. For five years we bugged and burgled our way across London at the State's behest, while pompous bowler-hatted civil servants in Whitehall pretended to look the other way.
- Peter Wright, "Spycatcher" (1987), p. 54
- To MI5, if you steam this open you are dirty buggers.
- Letter sent to a prominent member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and opened by MI5. According to Wright, Major Denman (MI5 officer in charge of post interception) classified it as 'obscene post' (so that he was not required to send it on), framed the letter and put it on his office wall. Quoted in "Spycatcher" (1987) by Peter Wright, p. 46
- Eric Swalwell's spy scandal underscores the URGENT need for a ban on enemy foreign nationals as congressional interns!
- We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on December 18, 2020 in an interview according to Donald Trump suggests China, not Russia, is behind SolarWinds cyber espionage attack on the US
- The Espionage Act is being abused by the government to selectively prosecute sources and whistleblowers
- Laura Poitras Co-Founder, The Intercept, First Look Media, Field of Vision according to Open Letter January 14, 2021