King's College London

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AbbreviationKCL
MottoSancte et Sapienter
(With Holiness and Wisdom)
Parent organizationUniversity of London
HeadquartersLondon, UK
TypePublic research university
InterestsIntegrity Initiative
Interest ofKarin von Hippel, Michael Quinlan
University college closely linked to the British military and intelligence community, and other services overseas.

A prestigious university located in the heart of London, King’s College has, in its own words, “a number of contracts and agreements with various departments within government, including the Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Ministry of Defence.”[1]

An investigation by independent journalist Alan Macleod concluded, while stressing that "this was an investigation into just one department in one school in one college of the University of London".


the links to the highest levels of power were so profound and so manifold that it often seemed harder to find someone in the department who was not linked to military or intelligence communities. Thus, one could be forgiven for mistaking the Department of War Studies for a department of war mongers.[2]

In 2013, former CIA Director Leon Panetta took time out of his schedule as then-secretary of defense to visit the Department of War Studies, where he expressed his profound gratitude to the unit. “I deeply appreciate the work that you do to train and to educate our future national security leaders, many of whom are in this audience,” he said, before adding that it was those young leaders who must ensure that NATO had the creativity, innovation and the commitment to develop and share capabilities in order to meet future security threats, citing the need to expand into tech, surveillance and cyberwarfare.[3]

A 2009 study published by the CIA spoke approvingly of how beneficial it can be to “use universities as a means of intelligence training,” noting that, “exposure to an academic environment, such as the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, can add several elements that may be harder to provide within the government system.”[4]

An 2018 report, “Weaponizing news: RT, Sputnik and targeted disinformation”[5] analyzes Russian state-backed media outlets and accuses them of carrying out a campaign of “information-psychological warfare” over its coverage of contentious events such as the alleged Skripal poisoning and the wars in Ukraine and Syria. While praising the work of Bellingcat and disinfo outlet “Prop or Not,” it concludes by advising that the West must “use technical means to prevent propaganda.”


Staff

For an institution that prides itself on cultivating independent thought, there exists a remarkable overlap between the staff of the Department of War Studies and the innermost halls of power of the British state. Professor John Gearson, for example, was principal defence policy adviser to the Defense Select Committee at the House of Commons, a senior adviser to the Ministry of Defense, and taught terrorism and asymetric warfare to military officers at the U.K. Defense Academy.[6]

Professor Michael Goodman is a current British Army reservist and formerly the Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee, the body that oversees Britain’s intelligence organizations.[7]


 

Groups Headquartered Here

GroupStartDescription
Centre for Defence Studies1990spooky subgroup of KCL
Insurgency Research Group2007

 

Employees on Wikispooks

EmployeeJobAppointedEndDescription
Michael PakenhamVice-Chairman of the College Council20092013End date approximate
Mary Ann SieghartVisiting ProfessorApril 2020

 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornDiedNationalitySummaryDescription
Andrew AshdownPriest
Joseph Ball1 September 188510 July 1961UKSpook
Politician
Lawyer
Deep state operative
Businessperson
British spook who forged the Zinoviev Letter to bring down the first British Labour Party government in 1924. "Ball also had a keen understanding of the dark arts of political manipulation, a readiness to use all means at his disposal and an ability to keep himself out of the limelight... he knew how to lie and how to keep a secret."
Martin Bashir19 January 1963Journalist
Howard BodySoldier
Deep state operative
Nick Bostrom10 March 1973SwedenPhilosopherSweden philosopher who first attended the Bilderberg in 2019.
Alexander Carlile12 February 1948UKLawyer
Businessperson
Lord Carlile12 February 1948UKLawyer
Douglas Carswell3 May 1971PoliticianA former Tory who was UKIP's sole representative in Parliament before becoming an Independent MP
Robert DoverNovember 1977UKAcademic
Deep state operative
UK academic with a special interest in UK/Western intelligence agencies. Institute for Statecraft, as is at least one of his graduate students. His name had been removed from the IfS website by 10 January 2019.
Christopher GeidtAugust 1961
John Glen1 April 1974UKPoliticianBritish conservative politician and Accenture consultant, with significant business ties.
Colleen GraffyUSSpook
Lawyer
US spook and propagandist
Emine IbrahimPolitician
Augustus JaspertUKDiplomatBritish diplomat and Private Secretary to the UK Prime Minister 2012-2014
Zafrulla Khan6 February 18931 September 1985PakistanProponent of Pakistan, Bilderberger
John MacGregor4 February 1937PoliticianGiven responsibility for the privatisation of British Rail
Fiona Mactaggart12 September 1953UKPolitician
Somerset Maugham25 January 187416 December 1965UKAuthor
Spook
Playwright
Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens1984USPropagandist
Neoconservatism
Susan Michie19 June 1955UKScientistCOVID 19 scientist. A promoter of the harshest of lockdown measures.
Carl MillerJournalist
Propagandist
Integrity Initiative UK Cluster outer core member
Alfred Milner23 March 185413 May 1925UKDiplomat
Deep politician
A deep politician of singular importance in the UK Deep state of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Peter Neumann4 December 1974GermanAcademic
"Terror expert"
Rick NoackGermanJournalist
Propagandist
Journalist for the Washington Post and other commercially-controlled media. Took a master's degree in Terrorism, Security and Society from the very spooky King's College London in 2017
Sarah Olney1977UKPolitician
Lucy Powell10 October 1974UKPoliticianLabour MP, frontbencher under Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer. "Social media anti-vax misinformation is a matter of life or death"
Albert René16 November 193527 February 2019SeychellesPoliticianPresident of Seychelles from 1977 to 2004 from the country's sole legal political party. Survived a 1981 Seychelles coup attempt organised by the South African Institute for Maritime Research
Adam Rutland1978UKDiplomat
Jonathan Sacks8 March 19487 November 2020UK
Victoria Sheppard-JonesLawyer
Judge
British barrister with considerable experience in cases of complex and lengthy fraud, people trafficking, exploitation, drugs, firearms, serious violence and serious sexual crime.
Tim Sweijs1980NetherlandsAcademicThe director of research of Dutch think tank HCSS since 2018. Has an intense interest in "killer robots" and lethal autonomous weapons. Warned along with Clingendael for a new 9-11 situation to come from Covid-19.
Kay Swinburne8 June 1967UKPoliticianA member of the European Parliament
Desmond Tutu7 October 193126 December 2021
Sidney Webb13 July 185913 October 1947UK
Gary WilkinsonMilitary
Asma al-Assad11 August 1975Syria
UK
Asma al-Assad


References

  1. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-10-02-revealed-key-assange-prosecution-witness-is-part-of-academic-cluster-which-has-received-millions-of-pounds-from-uk-and-us-militaries/
  2. https://www.mintpressnews.com/school-for-spooks-kings-college-war-studies-churning-out-nato-spies/276736/
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhBb__j044Q
  4. A 2009 study published by the CIA spoke approvingly of how beneficial it can be to “use universities as a means of intelligence training,” noting that, “exposure to an academic environment, such as the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, can add several elements that may be harder to provide within the government system.”
  5. https://www.kcl.ac.uk/policy-institute/research-analysis/weaponising-news
  6. https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/professor-john-gearsonM.
  7. https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/michael-s-goodman