Anthony Cavendish wrote his book Inside Intelligence, specifically to defend his friend Maurice Oldfield from what he called slurs from MI5. He also got his friend GK Young to write the Foreword . Cavendish says President Bush sent a letter to wish him good luck with the book.
Cavendish, Oldfield and Young had been MI6 and Oldfield was the first senior person to transfer services and became Security Coordinator for MI5 in Northern Ireland, after retiring from MI6.
I am not sufficiently informed, certainly without further study, to ascertain the truth about Maurice Oldfield nor GK Young, although a subsequent post will include information about Oldfield from Cavendish.
Jonathan Aitken once said about Cavendish “James Bond was a rather dull weakling by comparison” .
From his book what do we learn about what kind of man Anthony Cavendish was?
As a 23 year old, he seduced a 19 year old girl who wanted to stop spying and he sent her back to her death.
He oversaw the torture of a young arab boy, so badly that the boy could not walk.
He was prepared to go to any lengths to achieve the objects of the service (MI6)
Cavendish touched on his own early homosexual experiences in Switzerland.
Cavendish thought that homosexuals were invariably prima donnas with regards to their work.
Cavendish was aware of two of his colleagues in Germany who were caught abusing young boys, and helped cover up a friend of a friends child abuse who was “of use “.
As are others in MI6, Cavendish was an accomplished liar and the following page says that as the years go by the lies take over from the truth and [his] morality accepted what it had to do. Blackmail was just part of the MI6 repertoire, useful especially for aquiring agents caught with small boys.
Blackmail is of course a crime  and if the law applied equally these blackmailers should be tried.
Cavendish’s sole purpose for his book was to defend Oldfield from charges of practising homosexuality. Even from what Cavendish writes about himself, it raises questions about his knowledge of homosexuals and his own morality and trustworthiness.
A subsequent post will include some pages of Cavendish’s defence of Oldfield.
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers. National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on Triggers[E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog. Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.