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|death_date=12 January, 2013
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Person.png Anthony Cavendish  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, banker, journalist)
Anthony Cavendish.jpg
Born20 July, 1927
Died12 January, 2013 (Age 85)
Member ofLe Cercle
"Leading member" of Le Cercle.

A 1997 article referred to Cavendish as "the former senior MI5 man" and "an old Cercle hand".[1]


Cavendish was born in London, but raised in Switzerland and grew up speaking English, German, Swiss-German and French.[2]

World War II

He volunteered for the British Army in 1944 and served in Secret Intelligence Middle East (SIME) where he struck up a lifelong friendship with Maurice Oldfield, a future Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.[2][3]


Following his demobilisation in 1948, he was recruited as the MI6's youngest officer, aged 21, and worked in R5, the counterespionage section.[4]

Deep political connections

Anthony Cavendish was a senior figure in Le Cercle. His Telegraph obituary cited his as "a leading figure, with Julian Amery, MP, in running Le Cercle, a very private discussion group". It is unknown whether he was European chairman of the group.[5]


  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/aitken-dropped-by-the-rights-secret-club-1258522.html
  2. a b "Flamboyant intelligence officer who was a drinking partner of Kim Philby and later wrote a controversial book about working for MI6". The Times. Retrieved 26 January 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  3. "Anthony Cavendish: Intrepid intelligence officer who fought terrorism in the Middle East". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  4. Cavendish, Anthony (1997), Inside Intelligence, HarperCollins, London.
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9871374/Anthony-Cavendish.html

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