vasili mitrokhin’s archive. what worried paul keating?
A series of comments from Rob Nowak is reproduced below:
Hi Pete, Clive, Gordon, comrades!
While I am not entirely convinced about the spy scenario, regarding the apparent suppression & avoidance of information in the Somerton Man case, has anyone considered the suppression of the ‘Mitrokhin archive’ material relating to Australia by the Keating government? That a Labor government was in power in 1948 may be a motivation for this and other relatively recent disappearances of archival material noted by some researchers. Just a passing thought which is about as good as it gets from me. I trust everyone survived Xmas and will have an adequate New Year!
I came across some stuff about it today and found that Keating in 1992 had somehow had reference to Australia omitted from published parts of the archive..I made a more general inquiry simply /Australia, Mitrokhin. That yielded quite a few articles. I haven’t the time or skills to look deeply into it but it looked interesting & the one article I read (here: http://www.nationalobserver.net/2006_miller_68.htm) seemed to confirm that there was little in the two published volumes about Australia. This began with a little reading about Hollis – thanks to curiosity piqued right here.
One of the great mysteries of the two fat volumes on the Mitrokhin archive that Christopher Andrew authored between 1992 and 2005 is that they tell us next to nothing about KGB (to say nothing of GRU) operations in Australia. Nor has any other account about those operations surfaced, whether based on the Mitrokhin archive or any other archival sources. To the best of my knowledge, in the case of the Mitrokhin documents this is because the files on Australia were suppressed in 1992 at the request of the Keating government, and have never been released for scholarly or journalistic analysis. This speaks to a self-protectiveness on the part of the Australian Labor Party and ASIO which is every bit as dubious as that in Britain.”
This is from quadrant but seems reasonable: http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2010/4/christopher-andrew-and-the-strange-case-of-roger-hollis/
The mitrokhin archives.
header pic – Mitrokhin
Cambridge University site
The Mitrokhin Archive is a collection of handwritten notes made secretly by KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin during his thirty years as a KGB archivist in the foreign intelligence service and the First Chief Directorate. When he defected to the United Kingdom in 1992 he brought the archive with him – Wikipedia.
“The Mitrokhin files range in time from the immediate aftermath of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to the eve of the Gorbachev era,” Christopher Andrew.
From 1948, Mitrokhin worked in foreign intelligence before being assigned to the KGB foreign intelligence archives.
17 AUGUST 2011 AT 9:56 AM
I’m disappointed that the release of the Mitrokhin Archive didn’t wrap this up for us. Assuming Vasili Mitrokhin is legit, this surely should have merited a mention if there was any involvement on the part of the Soviets.
Lifted from mikedashhistory.com comments. BigSky was onto it six years ago. As was Ellen just last month.
We know why Keating wanted to keep a few things quiet in 1992, and they didn’t concern anything that happened in 1948. We don’t know if anyone has searched the Mitrokhin archives for files relevant to year: 1948, and place: Australia.