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Ian Fleming refers to Philby's defection in From Russia with Love (1956).

Cold War spy intrigue in Bierut Wikipedia - Beirut, which was the Vienna of the Fifties, the Berlin of the Sixties, in the Middle East. Philby's last posting was to Beirut before he defected to the West. The Hôtel St George was originally built by the French army as an officer's club.

Throughout this period, Beirut was used by all spies, minority political factions and deal-makers throughout the Middle East and as usual for those on expenses, would patronize the best hotels and restaurants. The St George Hôtel was built after the Great War as a club for French officers and became a hotel upon their departure. After a decades of neglect and shelling, it has been re-opened (2009).

Philby used to meet and drink at the Hôtel Normandy Wikipedia - at 11:00:HRS before walking the 1000m to the bar of the Hôtel St George, at 13:00 HRS, where Philby ordered his usual Gin and Tonic.

Hotel St George

 

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

 

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

 

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

"The St George Hotel Bar" by Said K Aburish

 

Kim Philby's son was at school with musician Stewart Copeland Wikipedia - Stewart Copeland , whose father worked for the CIA in Beirut.

 

From Kissinger - A Biography by Walter Issacson:


   In a region [the Middle East] where the information-trading bazaar is even more active than in Washington, the back channel inevitably backfired. The Egyptians told the Saudis about Ismails secret session with Kissinger. Word soon got to British diplomats based in Cairo. Kissinger had briefed top British officials in London (though not his own secretary of state), but he had pledged them to secrecy. When the British diplomats in Cairo found out from the Egyptians, they informed their American counterparts. The American envoy in Cairo then got a full briefing on Kissingers activities from the Saudis, which he merrily sent back to the State Department in an open cable that was widely distributed. Thus ended Kissingers secret-track system in the Middle East.


 

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger


   The Egyptians, meanwhile, made their own contribution to complicating the lives of those handling the American end of the dialogue. Given the nature of Arab diplomacy, they probably could not have done otherwise. In the exuberant atmosphere of the Arab world, keeping a secret has a special connotation. Since Arab leaders feel both a bond of solidarity with their brethren and the tug of a wild individualism, none of them would believe - indeed, would be profoundly disquieted by - any assurances from Sadat that nothing was going on. Judging their colleagues by their own proclivities, Arab leaders are convinced incessant maneuvers are always taking place whereby each 'brother' seeks to advance his own position even while ostensibly defending the Arab cause. In this cacophony of voices secrecy, ironically, can best be maintained by drowning all one's partners in a Babel of conversation that eventually overwhelms the distinction between epic poetry and reality.


 

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger


   I had also found that news traveled with wondrous rapidity through the Arab world, somewhat skewed at each stop, but in its total impact presenting an account that was on the mark psychologically if not factually. And since most political calculations occur in the minds of men, the psychological element is often decisive. The extraordinary volubility of Arab leaders is a device by which they fine-tune their actions and establish the moral terrain. Since key leaders rely on the rumor mill, often giving it more credence than direct reports, it is usually the better part of wisdom to prepare the ground by making sure that some other Arab leader has been exposed to one's arguments. Even if they discount part of what their brother Arab tells them - an almost obligatory test of manhood - they are apt to credit secondhand information as a tribute to their status as insiders and to believe that it gives them an edge over their rivals. One must take care, however, to reserve some important piece of information for one's principal interlocutor. Much as he appreciates indirection, he prizes exclusivity even more.


 

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