Originally published: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/state-of-secrecy-9781350381933/

Description

Described by a former senior Intelligence official as a ‘long-term thorn in the side of the intelligence establishment’, Richard Norton-Taylor reveals the secrets of his forty-year career as a journalist covering the world of spies and their masters in Whitehall.

Early in his career, Norton-Taylor successfully campaigned against official secrecy, gaining a reputation inside the Whitehall establishment and the outside world alike for his relentless determination to expose wrongdoing and incompetence. His special targets have always been the security and intelligence agencies and the Ministry of Defence, institutions that often hide behind the cloak of national security to protect themselves from embarrassment and accountability. Encouraged by his trusted contacts in intelligence agencies and Whitehall departments, Norton-Taylor was among the first of the few journalists to consistently attack the planned invasion of Iraq in 2003, and subsequently covered the devastating evidence of every witness in the Chilcot inquiry in the Guardian . With unique access to a wide array of defence sources, The State of Secrecy offers a provocative and rare insight into the disputes among top military commanders as they struggled to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with under-resourced and ill-equipped troops.

Winner of numerous awards for his journalism, Norton-Taylor is one of the most respected defence and security journalists of his generation. The State of Secrecy is an illuminating, critical and provocative account of the author’s experiences investigating this secret world.

Product details

Published 07 Sep 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 352
ISBN 9781350381933
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Heroes and Hacks
2. Poachers and Gamekeepers
3. City of Myths and Contradictions
4. Culture and Language of Secrecy
5. Secrecy Obsessed
6. History is an Official Secret
7. Spies – 1
8. Spies – 2
9. Provoking Terror
10. Chilcot Redux
11. Defending the Past
12. Defending the Future

About the Author

Richard Norton-Taylor is an editor, journalist and playwright, known for his work in documentary theatre. Several of his plays are based on transcripts of public enquiries, among them The Colour of Justice (Tricycle Theatre, 1999).