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Former BBC host, 83, sentenced to indecent assault on girls

LONDON, June 17 (UPI) -- A London Court sentenced ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall, 83, to 15 months in prison after he admitted to committing sexual offenses against young girls.

Ikea's violent gnome ad riles Britons

LONDON, May 29 (UPI) -- An Ikea commercial featuring a family violently disposing of garden gnomes has resulted in numerous complaints to Britain's Advertising Standards Authority.

An anniversary year

LONDON, April 1 (UPI) -- This is a great year for anniversaries, including the resignation of the British minister for war in an espionage scandal.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

British terrorist case sees guilty pleas

LONDON, July 14 (UPI) -- Three men accused of planning a series of suicide missions on transatlantic flights pleaded guilty Monday in a British court.

British terror targets unveiled in trial

LONDON, April 5 (UPI) -- Documents presented in a Crown Court trial in the London suburb of Woolwich unveiled a list of potential terrorist targets throughout Britain.

Brown student last to interview Donda

CHICAGO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Brown University English student was the last person to interview Donda West, singer Kanye West's mother, two days before she died.

Prince, newspaper team up for CD giveaway

LONDON, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. music icon Prince's hookup with a British newspaper has put his new album, "Planet Earth," in the hands of nearly 3 million people for free.

ESA combines Mars, Venus mission control

PARIS, April 11 (UPI) -- European Space Agency controllers for the Mars Express and Venus Express missions are now working side-by-side in a combined control center.

Two U.S. hospitals test West Nile vaccine

NASHVILLE, July 18 (UPI) -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center has reportedly become the second U.S. hospital testing a new vaccine for the potentially deadly West Nile virus.

Report reflects poorly on law firms

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Male lawyers in some British law firms seek sexual favors from women legal trainees in return for giving them jobs, says a report.
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Peter Maurice Wright (9 August 1916—27 April 1995) was an English scientist and former MI5 counterintelligence officer, noted for writing the controversial book Spycatcher, (ISBN 0-670-82055-5), which became an international bestseller with sales of over two million copies. Spycatcher was part memoir, part exposé of what Wright claimed were serious institutional failings in MI5 and his subsequent investigations into those. He was a friend of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton.

Peter Wright was born in 26 Cromwell Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of (George) Maurice Wright, who was the Marconi Company's director of research, and one of the founders of signals intelligence during World War I. It was said that he arrived prematurely because of shock to his mother, Lous Dorothy, née Norburn, caused by a nearby Zeppelin raid. Peter was a sickly child; he stammered, suffered from rickets, and wore leg irons almost into his teens. Raised in Chelmsford, Essex, he attended Bishop's Stortford College until 1931, where he was an excellent student. He then worked for a while as a farm labourer in Scotland before joining the School of Rural Economy at Oxford University in 1938. On 16 September 1938, he married Lois Elizabeth Foster-Melliar (b. 1914/15), with whom he had two daughters and a son. Despite showing an early aptitude for wireless work, during the Great Depression Peter Wright was obliged to get work as a farm labourer to help make ends meet. He did study for one year at Oxford University, but was obliged to leave since his father had been laid off and could not find a new job.

During World War II, however, he joined the Admiralty's Research Laboratory. After the war, Wright joined Marconi's research department and, according to Spycatcher, he was instrumental in resolving a difficult technical problem. The CIA sought Marconi's assistance over a covert listening device (or "bug") that had been found in a replica of the Great Seal of the United States presented to the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow in 1945 by the Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union. Wright determined that the bugging device, dubbed The Thing, was actually a tiny capacitive membrane (a condenser microphone) that became active only when 330 MHz microwaves were beamed to it from a remote transmitter. A remote receiver could then have been used to decode the modulated microwave signal and permit sounds picked up by the microphone to be overheard. The device was eventually attributed to Soviet inventor, Léon Theremin.

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