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Henry Chapman Pincher (born March 29, 1914) is a British journalist and novelist whose writing mainly focuses on espionage and related matters. March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (89th in Leap years). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with reporter. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ...


He joined the Daily Express in 1946 as a science and defence correspondent, and is probably best known as the author of "Their Trade is Treachery" which alleged that former director-general of MI5 Roger Hollis had been a spy for the Soviet Union. The book also revealed that Sir Anthony Blunt (whom it referred to under the code-name 'Maurice') had confessed to spying. The Daily Express is a conservative, middle-market British tabloid newspaper. ... Current MI5 headquarters in Thames House, London The Security Service, usually called MI5, is the British counter-intelligence and security agency. ... Sir Roger Hollis (1905 - 1973) journalist, and head of MI5. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Anthony Frederick Blunt (September 26, 1907 – March 26, 1983) was an English art historian and the Fourth Man of the Cambridge Five, a group of spies working for the Soviet Union during the Cold War. ...


Pincher is noted for his strong support for the work of the intelligence agencies and for Conservative politics. He was at one point close to Peter Wright whom he knew suspected Harold Wilson to have been a Soviet agent, and according to the biography of Wilson written by Ben Pimlott, Pincher was trying to get information from Wright so that he could accuse Wilson in public. See also Peter Wright (rugby player) and Pete Wright (musician) Peter Wright (born on August 9, 1916 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom - died April 27, 1995 in Tasmania, Australia) was a former MI5 counterintelligence officer noted for writing the controversial book Spycatcher (ISBN 0670820555), which was part memoir, part expos... James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC (11 March 1916 – 24 May 1995) was one of the most prominent and successful British politicians of the 20th Century. ... Professor Ben Pimlott (4 July 1945 - April 10, 2004) was a leading historian of the post-war period in Britain. ...


Pincher was convinced that, alongside Wilson, many other members of the Labour Party were Soviet agents. Perhaps his greatest delusion concerned Tom Driberg. Pincher claimed that Driberg was an active double agent for MI5 and the KGB despite his well founded reputation for total indiscretion. Lord Brockway characterised Driberg as "utterly indiscreet...could never keep a secret". Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell (May 22, 1905—August 12, 1976) was a British journalist and politician who was an influential member on the left of the UK Labour party from the 1940s to the 1970s. ...


EP Thompson described Pincher as "a kind of official urinal in which, side by side, high officials of MI5 and MI6, Sea Lords, Permanent Under-Secretaries, nuclear scientists, Lord Wigg, and others, stand patiently leaking in the public interest".


The veracity or otherwise of his leakers appeared to be of little concern to Pincher so long as they leaked in the interests of the right wing.


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Chapman Pincher (225 words)
For Cram, Pincher's book is a "detailed exposition of the case against [Roger] Hollis and Graham Mitchell." It is an "example of 'mole mania.'" Angleton pointed Pincher toward the story, but the information came from Peter Wright.
comment that although some critics "maintain that he is careless with data, Pincher sheds light on such past activities as Soviet strategic deception operations during World War II...
notes that, although he never gives them, Pincher clearly "had access to sources with highly privileged information." The book contains "a wealth of information," some of which must await further authoritative disclosures before it can be evaluated.
The Four Horses by Chapman Pincer (333 words)
CHAPMAN PINCHER has been a leading journalist for thirty years, specializing in political disclosure, particularly in the fields of Intelligence, security and defence.
In 1966 Chapman Pincher was nominated Reporter of the Decade.
To illustrate how ordinary people and civilization have suffered, and still suffer, at the hands of extremists, Chapman Pincher has used the eventful history of the Four Horses to show how little the more dangerous aspects of human nature - fanaticism, greed, thirst for power and self-delusion - have changed over the centuries.
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