Spies’ anger at ‘corrosive’ Le Carre will not stay undercover

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Spies’ anger at ‘corrosive’ Le Carre will not stay undercover

A former spy reckons the author has an ‘obsession’ with his brief career in espionage

Tony Diver

He has written some of Britain’s best-loved espionage novels, filled with Cold War double agents inspired by real people he met while spying for the British government in West Germany.

John le Carré, whose real name is David Cornwell, left MI6 in 1963 and built a new career on secret plots of a fictional kind.

But the novelist has been accused by a real spymaster of being “obsessed” with his secret service career, despite having only served for three years, and writing “corrosive” books that undermine the UK’s intelligence services...

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