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Derek Jameson's recollections

When I joined Reuters in 1987 I told a good friend of mine who at that time was a senior figure in City of London Police Special Branch. He remarked that Reuters had an arrangement with Special Branch to pass over details of its new recruits to MI6. If the person was considered to be reliable, then it might discreetly approach the individual to see if they would be willing to report back interesting things on overseas postings. He also warned me that if I went to a communist country, I should be especially wary of attractive females chatting me up because they were likely to be intelligence staff hoping to get me in a compromising situation and their agency then would blackmail me. I was never approached in either way on my only trip to Moscow, so have no idea if his information was accurate or not. ■