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.