Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Origins of UK-US Spy Collaboration

Peter B. Collins Presents Author Geoffrey Gilson

When his employer and friend Hugh Simmonds was found dead from "suicide” in 1988, Geoff Gilson was initially a suspect, as at least $7 million in trust funds had disappeared. To clear his name, and understand Simmonds’ suspicious death, Gilson began his own investigation into the murky world of British intelligence, the international arms trade, and kickbacks to the well-connected, including Margaret Thatcher’s do-nothing son, Mark. A rich cast of characters includes a spy named Reginald von Zugbach de Sugg, Israeli spy Ari Ben-Menashe, press baron and double agent Robert Maxwell, Mohammed and Dodi Fayed, Princess Diana, and the corrupt banks BCCI and BNL. Gilson ties his discoveries to the ongoing, robust collaboration between US and British intelligence agencies.

*Geoffrey Gilson is a former British lawyer who has spent 25 years trying to unravel the mysteries related to the death of Hugh Simmonds, recounted in his new book Maggie’s Hammer: How Investigating the Mysterious Death of My Friend Uncovered a Netherworld of Illegal Arms Deals, Political Slush Funds, High-level Corruption, and Britains’s 30-year Secret Role as America’s Hired Gun, published by Trine-Day. His website is by Dr. Paul.

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  1. Thank you, Peter, for this interview and book presentation.

    Does Geoffrey Gilson mention in his book the mysterious “suicide” of german politician Uwe Barschel in a swiss hotel room in 1987? It was speculated, that his death was in fact an (israeli) intelligence killing, because Barschel threatened to go public about illigal weapon trades (with iran).

  2. I have no idea if this has any connection to this story but, the assassination of Swedish Prime Ministry Olaf Palme happened in 1986 which puts it within the timeline of this story (I guess it’s probably an ongoing story). I understand that Sweden is among the top exporters of weapons in the world. Maybe there’s no connection but assassinations and arms dealing seem to fit this story well.

    I enjoyed the interview until I Mr. Gilson’s parting words and now I don’t know what to think. I found them a bit confusing.

    “…Sometimes you need to have secret operations. You can’t have transperancy but you have Congressional oversight…we have a right to know that the clandestine foreign policy that’s being pursued on our behalf is actually being pursued for good reasons and not just to make money. And that we have control of it, that it’s not been outsourced and being undertaken by a country which is not reporting to Congress”

    I don’t “need” secret operations so keep me out of it please. Why would Mr. Gilson believe that, when he authorizes secret operations and a lack of transparency, the clandestine services have any need or desire to explain whether their “foreign policy” is being “pursued on our behalf” or not? Aside from the cognitive dissonance inherent in that idea, “we” can’t have one “behalf” since “we” are separate individuals. And Congress’ oversight being used for anything other than whitewashing for some special interest group? I assume these ideas aren’t being suggested as a serious solution to anything?

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