The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO, 1949-1963

Author(s): David Horner

Australian Non fiction

For the first time, ASIO has opened its archives to an independent historian. With unfettered access to the records, David Horner tells the real story of Australia's domestic intelligence organization, from shaky beginnings to the expulsion of Ivan Skripov in 1963. From the start, ASIO's mission was to catch spies. In the late 1940s, the top secret Venona program revealed details of a Soviet spy ring in Australia, supported by leading Australian communists. David Horner outlines the tactics ASIO used in counterespionage, from embassy bugging to surveillance of local suspects. His research sheds new light on the Petrov Affair, and details incidents and activities that have never been revealed before. This authoritative and ground-breaking account overturns many myths about ASIO, and offers new insights into broader Australian politics and society in the fraught years of the Cold War. The Spy Catchers is the first of three volumes of The Official History of ASIO.

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Long-listed for Council for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Prize for a Book 2015.

David Horner, AM, is Emeritus Professor of Australian defence history in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.

List of Figures and Tables..Preface..Acronyms and Abbreviations..Glossary..Chronology..Introduction..PART 1: FEDERATION TO THE COLD WAR, 1901-1949..1 Counterespionage or Political Surveillance? Australia's Early Security Intelligence Organisations, 1901-1945..2 Adapting to a New Threat: Postwar Security and Intelligence in Australia, 1945-1948..3 Reacting to the Leaks: British and American Concerns about Australian Security, February-July 1948..4 Under Irresistible Pressure: Chifley Forms a New Security Service, July 1948-March 1949..PART 2: ESTABLISHMENT AND CONSOLIDATION, 1949-1954..5 Building a New Security Service: ASIO under Justice Reed, 1949..6 Trying to Crack 'The Case': The End of Reed's Term as Director-General, 1949-1950..7 Reshaping and Consolidating: Charles Spry Becomes Director-General of Security, 1950-1953..8 Contesting the Cold War: ASIO Confronts the Communists, 1950-1954..9 Watching and Recording: Field Operations against the Communists, 1950-1953..10 Vetting, Checking and Advising: ASIO's Protective Security Role, 1950-1954..11 Keeping Out Undesirables: Overseas Liaison, Refugees and War Criminals, 1950-1955..12 Moving Beyond 'The Case': Counterespionage Operations, 1950-1953..PART 3: PETROV AND THE ROYAL COMMISSION, 1951-1955..13 ASIO's Triumph: The Defection of Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov, 1951-1954..14 Out of the Shadows: ASIO and the Royal Commission on Espionage, 1954-1955..PART 4: EXPANSION AND PROFESSIONALISM, 1956-1963..15 Strengthening the Organisation: Legislation, Politics and Administration, 1956-1963..16 Seeking Comprehensive Coverage: Counter-subversion Operations, 1955-1963..17 Disruption, Propaganda and Exposure: Broadening the Counter-subversion Approach, 1955-1963..18 Searching for Illegals: Counterespionage Operations, 1955-1959..19 Resolving Doubts in the Commonwealth's Favour: Protective Security, 1955-1963..20 Building a Worldwide Network: ASIO's International Connections, 1956-1963..21 Return of the Russians: A Counterespionage Success? 1959-1963..Conclusion..Appendix: Protecting the Identity of ASIO Agents: The Case of Mercia Masson..Bibliography..Notes..Index

General Fields

  • : 9781760290429
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 1.01605
  • : November 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Horner
  • : Paperback
  • : 1511
  • : English
  • : 327.12099409045
  • : 736