Intelligence and the media : the press, government secrecy and the ‘Buster’ Crabb Affair
Moran, Christopher R.. (2011) Intelligence and the media : the press, government secrecy and the ‘Buster’ Crabb Affair. Intelligence and National Security, Vol.26 (No.5). pp. 676-700. ISSN 0268-4527Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2011.604204
This article explores the official cover up of the mysterious disappearance of naval frogman Lionel Buster Crabb in 1956. Existing histories of the affair have tended to focus on the manner of Crabb's death, advancing a series of plausible and suitably implausible explanations. Using recently declassified sources, this article, in contrast, seeks to use the Crabb affair as a window onto government secrecy and relations between the press and the intelligence services. It is argued that the affair was a climacteric for the intelligence community and its relationship with Fleet Street, rupturing long-standing taboos about secret service work and bringing to the fore a brand of investigative journalist determined to make front-page news of intelligence shortcomings and failure.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Intelligence and National Security|
|Page Range:||pp. 676-700|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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