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Cryptonym: SMOTH

Definition:
MI-6, the British intelligence agency that provides the British government with foreign intelligence.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Compare with MI-5, which provides the British government with domestic intelligence.
Sources:

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA/CIA_Diary_Agee.html, pp. 49, 53

In addition to discovering ordinary state secrets, the CS is responsible for obtaining the most complete and accurate information possible on the global manifestations of Soviet imperialism, that is, on local communist parties and related political groups. The exceptions to the world-wide operating charter of the CS is the agreement among the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand whereby each has formally promised to abstain from secret operations of any kind within the territory of the others except with prior approval of the host government. The governments of all other nations, their internal political groups and their scientific, military and economic secrets are fair game. p53 The most important liaison operation of the CIA is with MI-6, whose cryptonym is SMOTH. It has been almost ten years since Burgess and Maclean disappeared, and SMOTH has apparently tightened its loose, 'old boy', clubby security practices. The inner club also includes the services of Canada, Australia and New Zealand although the CIA receives relatively little from these. Liaison with the Dutch is considered excellent because they facilitate support operations against targets of mutual interest, as do the Italians who tap telephones and intercept correspondence for the CIA station in Rome. The West German services are considered to be thoroughly penetrated by the Soviets while liaison with the French has become difficult and sensitive since the return of de Gaulle.

104-10167-10351: TWICKER CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE AMICAR MEMBERS NAMED BY SMOTH WERE NOT LIVING IN SAME HOUSE MEXI

10/5/60 memo from MASH to Director: "To Twicker (Howard Hunt) certain knowledge AMCIGAR (FRD) members named by SMOTH (MI-6) were not living in same house Mexi (in Mexico)."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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