Mark Collins – The Man Who Wrote the “Jackal” Was a Spook!

Frederick Forsyth comes out from the cold; he…

…admits conducting MI6 missions for 20 years including a trip to East Germany to get secret papers from a Russian colonel

  • Frederick Forsyth conducted missions for MI6 for more than 20 years
  • In 1968, met MI6 man wanting ‘an asset inside the Biafran enclave’, Nigeria
  • He was asked to conduct a mission in communist East Germany in 1973
  • Written about his extraordinary past in his autobiography, out next month

And from a post in 2011, referring to the superb novel and (first) movie:

In “The Day of the Jackal(1973) the crucial information that eventually leads to the assassin hired by the OAS to kill President de Gaulle derives from torture (to death, more here); oddly enough that did not seem to cause a stir at the time…

More on the OAS here.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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