Espionage

Was John Burton Australia’s Alger Hiss?

In this, the third of three articles about Dr John Burton, Australia’s Secretary of External Affairs between 1947 and 1950, my purpose is to draw together some threads and implications from the November 2013 and October 2015 articles, and offer some conclusions. Burton’s complicity in espionage, to put it at its lowest, has, even today, gone largely unremarked and unacknowledged, despite important work done by intelligence specialists Professor Desmond Ball (2011-12), Angus Chapple (2011) and Andrew Campbell (2007-08), and, more latterly (in Quadrant, January-February 2016) by Molly Sasson, formerly of ASIO. The full picture is still emerging, but the trend…

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