Menzies, Macmillan and the 'Woomera spy case' of 1958

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Deery, Phillip (2001) Menzies, Macmillan and the 'Woomera spy case' of 1958. Intelligence and national security, 16 (2). pp. 23-38. ISSN 1743-9019 Online 0268-4527 Print


In 1958 a British serviceman, based near the Woomera rocket range in South Australia, passed secrets to the Soviet Union. They concerned the joint Anglo-Australian guided missile project. Recently-released archival files reveal the intense anxiety, bordering on panic, that this security breach provoked in Canberra and London. The article places this reaction against the background of a long-term quest by Britain and Australia to convince the United States to restore wartime co-operation in the field of atomic technology and lift its embargo on the transmission of classified information. By unraveling, for the first time, the story of the Woomera spy case, the article illuminates issues of security, defence preparations and Anglo-Australian relations.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/714002895
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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > RFCD Classification > 430000 History and Archaeology
Keywords Woomera rocket range, spy case, Harold Macmillan, Robert Menzies, Australian security intelligence organization, Anglo-Australian guided missiles, atomic technology
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