KGB Responsible for Death of Lord Mountbatten
Randy Black forwards "KGB Involved in Murder of British Queen's Cousin" (MosNews.com).
From Moscow, Cameron Sawyer comments on the KGB's involvement in the murder of Lord Mountbatten: "What remarkable things have come out of the KGB archives. I am continually astonished at the degree of liberality with which these documents are released. I'm sure a lot of people in a lot of security agencies around the world -- including our own -- must shiver from time to time to think what might come out next.
This is a good time to remember Dmitri Volkogonov, author of sensational biographies of Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and one big volume with all the Soviet general secretaries. Volkogonov was the Soviet Army's chief ideologist -- the boss of all the "political officers" of the Red Army, and then after being fired from that job for being "politically incorrect", head of the Institute of Military History, where he had access to all kinds of archives. He was the son of a man shot by the KGB as an "enemy of the people", and nursed that grudge in secret through his long rise through the Communist establishment, dreaming that he could deal a blow against Communism if he gained a high position. When the Soviet Union ended, he was already dying of cancer, but he did not waste his last years. Yeltsin appointed him as his chief military advisor, and gave him the keys to all of the archives, including the holy of holies, Lenin's personal papers. Working 18 hours a day in a race with death, mostly standing up to better resist the pain, he cranked out thick biographies of the Soviet leaders one after the other. They are tinged with anti-Communist fervor, to the extent that they are perhaps not always completely reliable, but they are elegantly written and full of insights. He finished the last volume just before his death in 1995; it was published posthumously.
The biographies are all in print; there are excellent translations by Harold Shukman. I recommend them to anyone who is interested in understanding what Communism really means".
Miles Seeley objects to the report that the KGB was responsible
for death of Lord Mountbatten:"There are several things wrong with this
sensational story, aside from the fact that it simply makes no sense. First, no
assassination operation would be launched without the express permission of the
highest levels of the KGB, ie the Chairman. No mere Colonel would try to do it
by himself; and even if he were crazy and did try, he needed help from many
others. They would not have helped unless they knew it was a sanctioned
Second, all "wet" operations were carried out by a special Directorate of the KGB. No regular line officer would have been given permission to do it on his own.
Third, the East German service was entirely under KGB control. They would not have helped unless they had specific orders from the KGB Rezidentura in East Germany; and the Rezidentura, in turn, would not have issued the order without specific instructions from KGB Headquarters in Moscow.
Fourth, why in the world would the KGB have carried out such a high-risk operation against a 79-year-old retired British Lord who, as far as we know, had never worked against the Soviets? If memory serves, his last job, after a long career in the military, had been to oversee the independence of India from the Empire.
There are a lot of wild tales circulating that allegedly come from old declassified KGB records. Most are sheer nonsense". RH: See what Cameron Sawyer said.
Lord Mountbatten was not the Queen's cousin but her consort's uncle and godfather. He was the younger son of Prince Louis of Battenberg and his wife Princess Victoria of Hesse. His mother was a daughter of Queen Victoria's second daughter Princess Alice who had married the Prince Andrew of Greece. The Greek royal family had family links with links the Russian royal family- among others- to the extent that members of the UK Royal Family were asked to donate DNA to investigate a body claimed to be Anastasia, daughter of the assassinated Tsar Nicholas II".
RH: More relevant is the fact that Mountbatten was friendly to the Irish Republic. The IRA terrorists engaged in indiscriminate killing.
The KGB supported the IRA (and other terrorist groups) with weapons, bombs and probably money, just like the CIA supported the Afghan Mujahadeen which trained Osam Bin Laden and gave birth to Al Quaeda. In the context of the Cold War, I suppose it seemed to many people like a reasonable tactic to support those disrupting the enemy by terrorist methods. How different this looks today! Hindsight is always 20/20, of course, but I find it hard to resist wishing that we had all been wiser".
RH: The CIA supported the Afghan Mujahadeen because they were fighting the Soviets, but then they morphed into the Taliban. Likewise it is charged, although I have not seen he documentation, that we supported the mullahs in Iran to prevent the left from taking over the country. In Iraq the aim was not to turn the country over to the Shiite clergy, but they will certainly be a powerful force and may well ally themselves with the mullahs of Iran. This is certainly not what the US planned. The law of unexpected consequences.
Regardless, to believe that no line officer would have taken part in this incident without a higher authority, as Mr. Seeley seems to assume, does not rule out that such approval was given. The article simply does not go so far as to reveal the name of that authority.
Ronald Hilton -