Writer: Lawrence of Arabia murdered

May 13, 2005 at 7:42 PM

BRISTOL, England, May 13 (UPI) -- Lawrence of Arabia may have been assassinated by British intelligence agents, a British newspaper reported this week.

The British intelligence establishment was furious that the legendary T.E. Lawrence was being groomed by Winston Churchill and other British influential politicians to lead a super-powerful new secret service, British author Rodney Legg told the Western Press newspaper.

Legg told the paper he has evidence MI-5 officers were spying on the hero's cottage near Bovington Camp in the run-up to his death in May 1935. He said that he believes the upper echelons of the intelligence and security services conspired to remove a man they saw as a threat both to their jobs and the state itself.

Lawrence was "a maverick, with a reputation for sado-masochism, asexuality and misogyny," Legg said. On the very day of his death, he was arranging to meet the novelist Henry Williamson, a fascist who wanted to introduce Lawrence to Adolf Hitler.

Lawrence was killed when he was thrown from his motor bike. "At the inquest, an eyewitness said he had seen a black car pass Lawrence in the opposite direction just before the crash but the car was never traced.

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