" Obviously the establishment of a sacred organization to investigate enemy activities who institute adequate war time security measures in the western hemisphere in relation to British interests in a neutral territory were of importance, and American assistance in achieving this objective was essential." - Legendary Canadian spy master Sir William Stephenson talking about his exploits during the Second World War.
Sir William was the head of British intelligence operations in the United States, better known as A Man Called Intrepid, thanks to a best-selling biography of the same name. The author of that biography is a Canadian Journalist also named William Stevenson, though he spells his name differently. Over the decades, the two men -- spy master and journalist -- carried on a relationship that was, to say the least, unique.
In his new book, journalist William Stevenson tells the story of that relationship, as well as his own career as a journalist and a spy in his own right. The book is Past and Present: A Reporter's Story of War, Spies, People and Politics. William Stevenson was in Toronto.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.
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Last Word - We'll Meet Again
And since William Stevenson remembered Vera Lynn so fondly, we gave her the last word this morning with We'll Meet Again.
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