Important note: As a companion piece, please also see my 2018 post: Critic Tries to Debunk Richard Spence’s Aleister Crowley Research…

Way back in 2000, University of Idaho Professor of History, Richard B. Spence, wrote an essay for the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter lntelligence.

Richard 'Rick' SpenceRichard Spence – image from University of Idaho website


Richard specializes in Russian, intelligence and military history, and his course offerings include Modern Espionage, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, History of Secret Societies and the Occult in History.

It was Richard, who in his essay titled: Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley and British Intelligence in America, 1914-1918 – first revealed that there existed actual documents concerning Crowley working for the British government as a spy. Richard has also since published a book with the same title (available at Amazon) or you can read some of it through Google books.

Today, we bring you one of those documents, a key one, that Mike recently obtained from the National Archives. As far as we can tell, this is the first time that this almost 100-year-old document has ever been actually made available for people to see on the internet.


National Archive doc Crowley envelope

For those interested in such things, the document is usually cited like this –

USNA MID 9140-815/1, extract of British ‘Watch List’, p106, entry #340, from c1916, concluded after US probe for German spies: ‘Aleister Crowley was an employee of the British Government […] in this country on official business of which the British Consul, New York City has full cognizance.

And here it is –

PDF of document – Intelligence Off Westpoint to MID Dir Re: Crowley Sept 23 1918

Images –

National Archive doc Crowley 3

National Archive doc Crowley 4


Note the official stamp on the back of the page –


Plain text of part about Crowley –

16. Aleister Crowley – English subject. Previous correspondence:
Subject has been camping on Esopus Island, Hudeon River and was brought to attention of this office by subject’s connections with Madeline George, an actress of New York City who had formerly been investigated by the Department of Justice on charges of being a German spy. It was determined that Aleister Crowley was an employee of the British Government but at present in this country on official business of which the British Counsel, New York City has full cognizance. However, he has been formerly investigated by the Attorney General Becker’s office in connection with the activities of George Verick, and the propaganda in New York City. It was found that the British Government was fully aware of the tact that Crowley was connected with this German propaganda and had received money for writing anti-British articles. This case has been turned over to the N.Y. State Attorney General’s Office, for such action as he may deem advisable. In view of the information which has been gathered within the past two months it may be possible that Aleister Crowley is double crossing the British Government. However, the case as not been completed as yet.


For those so inclined, I invite you to come look a little deeper at what the significance of this document actually is.


Discussion about the British running deep cover agents such as Crowley

To better understand the significance of the verification by the British consul means, you need to know what and who that was.

But first, you need to understand just how far British intelligence will go to hide their agents. In Crowley’s time, Wiseman and Thwaites carefully concealed their dealings with these deep cover agents of theirs,  not only from the Germans, but also from the Americans and even from other British services.

Reference – Thwaites, Velvet and Vinegar, p. 181.

In a letter to his MI6 boss, Wiseman assured him that “the details and extent of our organisation [the Americans] have never known, and don’t know to this day.

*Reference: Yale University, Sterling Library Special Collections, Sir William Wiseman Papers, Box 6, File 174, Wiseman to Chief, 6 Sept. 1918, 2.

Wiseman could also credit himself and his organisation, which included Aleister Crowley, with achieving the magickal Great Work of British imperial alchemy in the First World War – bringing America into the war.

The same year that he wrote that letter to his “chief”, shows that a chosen few in American were put in the loop regarding Crowley, but when the British are asked about any files on Crowley, what are they told?

They were ‘destroyed‘ after WWII.

*Reference: USNA, MID 10012-112/1 General Summary, 23 September, 1918, p4 British security services claim MI5 files destroyed after WW2; letters from T Denham, MI5 to Spence, 20 Jan 2003; 8 April 2005; 18 Oct 2005. See SSA, introduction.


This is a standard LIE the British do, one that I caught them at in my Casimir Pilenas Palmer article.

For more than a hundred years they had even made up different lies concerning records of Melville running False Flag (meaning it’s presented as one thing when its not) intelligence operations to lie to the British public – including actually bombing places!

When asked by numerous people over the years, to see the records concerning Melville – their answer was:


They were lost, pulped in the War, burned in a fire.

Take your pick.


Until…one guy managed to obtain them anyway.

Oops! So much for that then.



Those documents were covering up all manner of so-called ‘terrorist’ operations that were actually run by Lord Melville, with combined Russian and British intelligence agents! This back-channel co-operation between supposedly disrelated intelligence agencies against the people – note the distinction there, as in apart from “them” – continued completely unabated right on up through time.

A case in point is later British intelligence agent Sydney Reilly, who was tied up with Melville deep cover agents Boris Brasol (Mr. Protocols of Zion) and Casimir Pilenas.

Reilly worked for William Wiseman and his deputy, Norman Thwaites. His cover, much like Crowley’s, was that he was a ‘purchasing agent” for the Russian government – whom, conveniently, Boris Brasol was in charge of vetting. Reilly went on to be personally directed by MI6 head Cumming and Desmond Morton, after he left new York.

Reference – Trust No One: The Secret World of Sidney Reilly by Richard Spence, (Los Angeles: Feral House, 2002), 380-381, referencing Reilly to Savinkov, September 17, 1923.

Reference – Yale University, Sterling Library, Special Collections, MS 666: Sir William Wiseman Papers Box 10/File 255: ‘Russia’, p.3.


Wiseman and Thwaites

William WIseman  Lt. Colonel Norman Thwaites in his 20s from velvet and vinegar



Deep cover agent Reilly is who recommended Vladimir Grigor’evich Orlov who then also became a deep cover agent. One of his operations was running a professional counterfeiter organization in Berlin. Reilly (through Wiseman) helped Orlov set up a forged Soviet documents factory. Orlov’s connection to British Intelligence was very well protected.

Orlov was involved in the counterfeiting of documents supposedly proving Senator Borah was being paid by ‘the Reds” – the communists.


Borah in 1939, not long before he died.

borah feb 6 1937.

In my Casimir Pilenas Palmer library article, at the end I wrote a special acknowledgement to Richard Spence’s work.

In particular, his article Trotsky in New York, and especially his two-part article The Tsar’s Other Lieutenant: The Antisemitic Activities of Boris L’vovich Brasol, 1910-1960,Parts I and II by Richard Spence, published in the Journal for the Study of AntiSemitism, Volume 4.

He also did some amazing research concerning controlled opposition attacks of Senator Borah, where British intelligence used some of their combined Russian/British intelligence agents to run an op on him, trying to accuse him of ‘working for the Russians” – essentially as a communist “Bolshevik” supporter. The British then tried to plant it several places that it ‘originated’ from American intelligence. Truly an amazing example of just how duplicitous these frackers actually are.

Reference –  Richard Spence, “Senator William E. Borah:Target of Soviet and Anti-Soviet Intrigue, 1922-1929,” ** International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Vol. 19, #1 (Spring 2006): 134-155. (**link above was broken some time in 2017 after I wrote this post – article is also available here)

You can read my section on this in my Casimir article, but I thought just a few words would be appropriate to what Spence’s research led me to be able to further uncover.

Besides the fact that Borah had lead the battle to defeat the League of Nations (and had succeeded) want to know what else he had done that had the Slavemasters very worried?

Salmon O. Levinson, a wealthy corporate lawyer in Chicago was shocked to discover that war was not illegal. Most books on international law gave detailed rules for the conduct of war rather than for preserving peace! Accordingly, in the spring of 1918, he published an article on the subject, entitled: “The Legal Status of War”. What grounds could people use, he asked, to oppose war, militarism or the build up of arms if it was legal for a nation to wage war? He decided he needed to make a movement to make war illegal, which he began December 9, 1921 – calling it the American Committee for the Outlawry of War. He financed it out of his own pocket, and one of the people he enlisted support of his ideas from was Senator Borah.

In 1923, and again in 1926, Borah introduced bills in Congress to outlaw war.

Did you know it actually passed?

It was called The Kellogg-Briand Pact and it was ratified by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 85 to 1, and it is still on the books, as part of supreme law of the United States.

Prior to its passing, after the first time Borah had submitted an outlawry bill, In September of 1924, Borah engaged in a debate with Robert Lansing on the subject of the Outlawry of War – especially anyone profiting from it in any way.

Here’s my favorite part from it –

We must bear in mind also that wars seldom come by reason of mass movements. They are the result of selfish policies and personal scheming.

“Peoples do not make war,” declared Mr. Lansing’s great leader.

The peoples of the different nations were not responsible for the late war.

Had the peoples of the different nations been consulted, or even informed of the real facts, there would have been no war.

It was forced upon the world with all its attendant sacrifices and misery by a few men.

– The Outlawry of War: A Debate Between Robert Lansing and William E. Borah: William E. Borah September 13, 1924, also found in The Independent that same date.

So this is 1924, and the next thing you know? That’s when Borah is being set-up with forged documents by British intelligence assets to be “in the pay of the Reds”.

That’s the kind of nasty crap the British have been doing in America, and in fact, all over the world.

So, when Crowley later said that he acted under instruction of British intelligence, with the aim of undermining German efforts through absurdity and hyperbole? You might want to look at things a little deeper, because the British were using the Germans. They wanted conflict with the Germans, the Russians, the Chinese, and just about anybody else who could be a threat to their stupid 2-class system.


On that note –

Let’s discuss some of Crowley’s background as a British intelligence agent a bit more.


According to Crowley’s The Confessions of Aleister Crowley (1929), he offered his services to the British government at the outbreak of the war without success – supposedly. However, that’s just more posturing by the British government trying to hide the fact that he was “officially” working for them as a deep cover agent.

He had a personal friend in government, subsequently posted to “intelligence,” the Hon. Francis Everard Fielding – and, let’s not forget, his personal patron was a far more powerful personage. None other than Robert Cecil himself – as per Richard Spence’s newer book Secret Agent 666.

Another positive early influence was Aunt Annie, the second wife of his uncle, Jonathan Crowley. In some ways she was his mother-substitute. Annie was well educated and active in the Primrose League. Named for Disraeli’s favorite flower, the League was a auxiliary of the then dominant Conservative Party, which Lord Randolph Churchill, father of Winston, helped found.

[If it’s named for Disraeli, that says a lot right there]

The Primrose League may have facilitated Crowley’s introduction to clandestine work. Modeled on the Orange Order, the secretive fraternal hard core of Irish Protestantism, the Primrose League broke ground by admitting women (like Aunt Annie), and acted like the popular front of “Tory Democracy.”

[Toryism, in a nutshell, is about keeping the British Slavemasters, the nobility, in power]

It also constituted a kind of secret society within the Conservative Party, an early form of political action committee that, e.g., spied on perceived enemies of Toryism.

Despite his associations with the extremes of Left and Right, Crowley maintained that he always was a Tory at heart, and that may have been as true a statement about his political persuasion as he ever made. The Primrose League could have used a young man of such versatility and conviction-e.g., by using young Crowley’s interest in Celtic revivalism and dissident Jacobitism to monitor their adherents.

Through Aunt Annie’s efforts, Crowley claimed, he gained the patronage of two Primrose League luminaries, Charles Thomson Ritchie (later Baron Ritchie) and Robert Gascoyne Cecil, the Marquess of Salisbury. Cecil was not only Grand Master of the League, but also reigned as prime minister for most of 1885-1902. Ritchie was Salisbury’s loyal cabinet member and a former Secretary of the Admiralty.

…As a well-heeled and active supporter of Ritchie’s campaign, Annie Crowley could command his attention and, through him, solicit the help of Salisbury, who was always looking for young “men of ability:’10 This supports Aleister’s claim that he entered Cambridge in the autumn of 1895 with the help of Lord Salisbury and earmarked by him for a career in the Diplomatic Service.

*Ref 10 is – Carroll Quigley, Anglo American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden p. 15.

…had his first brush with the intelligence work while still in school. During the summer “long-vacation” of 1897, he broke with his habit of scaling to Alps to visit St. Petersburg, Russia. His purpose, ostensibly, was to improve his Russian, for he not only had determined on a career in the Diplomatic Service but was aiming at an appointment to “the most interesting and brilliant court in Europe”- that of Tsar Nicholas II.

 – Secret Agent 666, Richard Spence, pp 18, 19.

With connections like that, it’s obvious that Crowley was deep into British slavemaster intelligence actions starting all the way back in his school days. That would certainly make a lot more sense out of his later activities in the Golden Dawn, his stint using the typical British cover of ‘explorer’ and his op he ran in Russia, all prior to his being assigned to New York.

Note: That 1897 little adventure would put him not only working with Cecil, but also with Cecil’s junior spymaster – Sir Melville.


Crowley at Cambridge

crowley at cambridge.

As a quick primer on why it’s so important that his patron was Robert Cecil, here’s an excerpt from my husband’s Scientology Roots – Chapter Nine-2:

The Cecil family has been the head of British intelligence for over 400 years.

Robert_cecilRobert Arthur Talbot Gascoigne-Cecil

Robert Cecil was the head of British intelligence and he was a Prime Minister of Britain.

Robert_Cecil_-_3rd_Marquess_of_SalisburyRobert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil (aka Lord Salisbury)

In the later part of the 1800′s Robert Cecil built up an influential family network called the Cecil Bloc.

Oxford University in England is a network of residential colleges that the slavemasters use as a training facility and a recruitment pool to obtain agents. Some of the residential colleges are – University, All Souls, Balliol, and Oriel. The students are called Fellows.

Robert Cecil used students at Oxford University as a recruitment pool for the Cecil Bloc. They then became British agents placed in governments, schools, and media around the world – especially in the United States.

The Cecil Bloc was a nexus of political and social power formed by Lord Salisbury

This Cecil Bloc was built up by Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, Viscount Cranborne and third Marquess of Salisbury. Salisbury was Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary…

The methods used by this man… can be summed up under three headings:

(a) a triple-front penetration in politics, education, and journalism

(b) the recruitment of men of ability (chiefly from All Souls) and the linking of these men to the Cecil Bloc by matrimonial alliances and by gratitude for titles and positions of power

(c) the influencing of public policy by placing members of the Cecil Bloc in positions of power shielded as much as possible from public attention.

One of his sisters was the mother of Arthur J. Balfour

– Anglo American Establishment by Carroll Quigley, professor of history   11

So – Toryism is just yet another British invented term to disguise the same old slavemasters up to the same old crap that they started about 500 years ago. (together with their counterparts – the Vatican)

The reason Crowley would be assigned to New York, is because the whole point of World War I (well, there were several) but the main point was to trick America into joining the British “Tories” in their big plans for dominating the world. The “Tories” being the old school slavemasters, the nobility, the men who wanted to keep the 2-class system going exactly the same as it always had.

It is a fact that the shore story became that Crowley accepted an “invitation” to go to New York as a purchasing agent. Even though Crowley had no experience or anything for this ‘job’, you understand.

But, it was a job which just happened to be the same job that a number of other deep cover agents were using at the time, like I just showed you. Not only that, the big spymaster, William Wiseman, arriving just a year later to take over, would operate under the same cover of ‘working for’ the British Purchasing Commission.

We’re all Purchasers.

air quotes

And that’s who was Crowley’s boss.

Edward Alexander Crowley arrived to New York aboard the Lusitania in late October 1914.


From that point on, for the next few years his record of this period is vague (and that’s putting it mildly). By July of 1915, Crowley had developed his cover as being a secret revolutionary for Ireland.

trying not to laugh

Yep. That was his cover. Irish revolutionary.

Wait til you see what he did to establish that cover (and attract the Germans).

Richard Spence tells us that –

In July 1915, Crowley garnered the attention of the New York Times. On the morning of the 3rd, he and nine companions cruised across New York Harbor in a small launch flying an Irish flag and dropped anchor off the Statue of Liberty. Calling themselves the “Secret Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic,” the group proclaimed the independence of Ireland and declared war on England.

Later, sailing past docked ships of the Hamburg-America Line, they were cheered by German seamen. Crowley was the acknowledged leader of the enterprise, which included his ‘scarlet woman,” Leila Waddell, who offered patriotic Irish airs on her violin.


Leila Waddell.

The Times reporter described Crowley as a “poet, philosopher, explorer, a man of mystic mind, and the leader of Irish hope.” “Of nearly middle age and mild manner,” the piece continued, “with the intellectual point of view colored with cabalistic interpretations, Crowley is an unusual man.

In a typical British intelligence caper – look at me “I’m Protesting!” – Crowley protested the coverage, saying it made him and his movement look silly.

Uh. Yeah. That’s the point.

vincent - well...puhlease.

Of course, he decided to make sure it did by sending a letter to the Times a few days later. He proclaimed that the Irish were the noble descendants of ancient Egypt and Atlantis, effectively bringing forward his previous cover while working for Sir Melville. That of the Golden Dawn magus – with all its associated bullshit histories of the world and ‘magick’.


Come on.

come on!

See Scientology Roots – Chapter Seven – 2 Scientology Is Brothers of Light Religion for more about Crowley’s earliest intelligence activities in the Golden Dawn, and also see Seven-3 for comparisons between the Golden Dawn and Scientology.


Here’s Crowley workin’ it (his cover) in 1916

crowley 1916 new york in masonic regalia

Its interesting to see this now, knowing its all British bullshit, eh?

Crowley’s antics here in New York absolutely perfectly suited British interests about the Irish, effectively lampooning and discrediting any Irish who was tired of kowtowing to the British government, but it also did something else important – it attracted German spy Viereck, who actually believed this whole ‘leader of a secret committee for the liberation of Ireland’ crap.

George Sylvester Vierek

george sylvester vierek.

So, now Crowley was underway as a ‘pro-German and anti-British” personality – something that elements in American and British intelligence both fell for. The MID has him on their list of suspects, listing his nationality as Irish and his occupation as a journalist!

A later entry, dated 1 January 1916, specifically noted his involvement with the Irish ‘”Secret Revolutionary Committee,” and an ‘offensive” (anti-British) article in the Chicago periodical, Open Court.

Some examples of the kind of press Crowley was involved with –

example of Crowley intelligence cover propaganda

.Fatherland german propaganda Crowley

Another entry, dated 29 January, called him a “degenerate Irish journalist, pro German,” and that British port authorities were to search him and hand him over to Scotland Yard if apprehended.

See? They’re buying it.

eye roll kara


MI5 was listed as the source – so either they’re part of the ‘stupids’ – as Crowley calls those who aren’t in the know intelligence wise – or they’re simply helping to build his cover and distancing from him. Something Wiseman and many other ‘handlers’ in the British intelligence community pretty much always did – act like they ‘know nothing” as to the person being their agent.

I know nuzzing

I know nuzzing - sargeant schulz hogans heroes


Whatever the case, MI5 put Crowley in their ‘black book’ in 1916 –

Crowley entered in MI5 black book 1916image from Richard Spence book – Secret Agent 666

– – –


So, what’s the significance of the British Consul backing up Crowley in this document we showed you?


A lot actually.

Now we’ll get into that a bit here too.

Charles Clive Bayley assumed the British general consul’s post in New York City in October 1915.

Bayley_becomes_British_consul_general_October_1_1915New York Times article


During his previous tour in the same position, he became friends with Norman G. Thwaites, yet another intelligence man with the cover of journalist. Bayley was also the representative of Arthur James Balfour – British Foreign Secretary and head of the British high commission. A total Cecil-Bloc man.

What most people don’t know, and that I have always suspected and have now confirmed, Wiseman actually started in 1915. Right when Crowley initializes his cover in his big Irish “show”.

Richard Spence gives us the reference for that –

Yale University. Sterling Library. Sir William Wiseman Papers Folder 172. “American Section MI1c., circa Oct.1917 and Folder 175. “Memo to New York Office.” [n.d.. probably 1916]. wherein the relationship of Wiseman and Thwaites is spelled out. This also notes that Wiseman had initiated the American MI1c branch in 1915, apparently without Gaunt’s knowledge.

Note: This was the American branch of MI1c, the precursor of the Secret Intelligence Service, popularly known as MI6. The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6), is the British intelligence agency which supplies the British Government with foreign intelligence. In August 1919, Cumming (SIS MI6 head) created the new passport control department, providing diplomatic cover for agents abroad. The post of Passport Control Officer provided operatives with diplomatic immunity.

It’s confusing, I know, but that’s because at this time Cummings organization the organisation was known in Whitehall by a variety of titles including the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Secret Service, MI1(c), the Special Intelligence Service and even C’s organisation. Around 1920, it began increasingly to be referred to as the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) (or MI6) a title that it has continued to use to the present day and which was enshrined in statute in the Intelligence Services Act 1994.

OK – so…

The following year, when Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming, the head of MI6, “officially” sent William Wiseman to New York in 1916 – to establish special intelligence section V MI1c – he brought Norman Thwaites with him.

Thwaites had worked for many years on the New York World staff at the behest of Lord Milner (one of the Cecil bunch of slavemasters) as the private secretary of Joseph Pulitzer, but he also helped Milner groom another man who was chosen to become a major mouthpiece for the slavemasters – H. Wickham Steed – the man who would begin the public assault on the newly created “race” idea of “the Jews”, in 1920. He was the man who first publicized The Protocols of Zion.

Thwaites was Wiseman’s right-hand man and fomenting up the public against “the Bolsheviks” was entirely a British intelligence operation. On recommendation of Wiseman – because agent Sydney Reilly would help to foment the war conditions the British so desired – Reilly had been “officially” tasked into the SIS in March 1918 and posted to Murmansk with the codename “ST-1”. His job was to foment resistance “against” the Bolsheviks. See the Red Bible news articles of 1919.

Bayley had just come from being the British Consul in Moscow, where he was privy to Crowley’s intelligence antics over there in 1913. Crowley played “manager” to a troupe of British chorus girls including the very same Leila Waddell who would be used in his next op as “Irish revolutionary” in New York.

What a coincidence!



The fact that Bayley acts as Crowley’s ‘protector” (as documented now) is certainly significant, especially considering the tight connections into the highest levels of British intelligence through Balfour and Cecil (Crowley’s patron).

But there’s more.

Without going into all the gory details right now, there was a bit of a cat-fight going on between the chief British intelligence officer in New York, and the United States as a whole, then Captain Sir Guy Gaunt (who was the naval attache) and the Wiseman/Thwaites/Bayley contingent during the second half of WWI.

The problem was that Gaunt was trying to be the ‘spymaster’ but reporting first to the British Navy director of intelligence, Admiral Reginald “Blinker” Hall, and only secondarily to MI1c – the standard British counter-intelligence section.


Sir Guy Reginald Archer Gaunt

Also, Gaunt basically sucked as a spy. He had a serious ‘little man” syndrome going on and would brag that he headed intelligence to anyone and everyone. What an idiot, right?

Well, that’s why Commander Mansfield Smith-Cumming, who believed in keeping the secret in secret service actually secret, sent Wiseman and Thwaites to take over things. The MIlc office operated with almost complete autonomy, they answered solely to ‘C’ (Cumming), and routinely ignored or defied not only Gaunt but also MI5 – which shows you that MI5 was being deliberately kept out of the loop in a lot of cases – like Crowley, for example.

Consul Bayley, who told the American intelligence officer that Crowley was working for the British government, operated in close cooperation with both Wiseman and Thwaites, which further pissed off Gaunt who then acted even more badly.

Crowley recounts with some relish, what an idiot Gaunt was as to real intelligence matters. He wrote of his “fruitless efforts” to interest Gaunt in Vierek’s operations, and Gaunt called him a “small time traitor” but completely contradicts himself later trying to take credit for “keeping British justice off his back” – but this was just yet another manifestation of his retarded ego, trying to garner attention onto himself for things Bayley/Wiseman/Thwaites did.

That’s the kind of idiot Gaunt was, so it’s no surprise that by 1918, Gaunt had been put through the MI6 ‘squeeze’ and was officially recalled to London.

Wiseman was pretty obsessed with hiding from both Americans and his own people (like MI5) who his operatives were so it’s likely that’s why Bayley acted as a stand-in answering up for Crowley. It hid the connection to MI6 – Wiseman and Cumming.

It’s worth noting that it was obviously Gaunt that supplied the negative information to American intelligence in 1915 – as well as probably contributing to getting Crowley an MI5 ‘black book’ entry a year later.

Crowley entered in MI5 black book 1916

Gaunt despised and disparaged Crowley just as he did another agent employed by the Thwaites-Wiseman team, good ole Sidney Reilly.

Sydney Reilly The Ace

Sydney Reilly – The Ace as he liked to call himself

Crowley’s first contact who helped him out financially once he arrived to New York, was John Quinn, who was also intimate with Wiseman and Thwaites.

Then there’s the fact that Crowley later wrote that through some kind of extremely vague “arrangement” he did ‘submit reports from time to time’ to some nebulous “British officials” – which could only have been Wiseman and Thwaites.

Then there’s the fact that Crowley was very old friends with British propagandist W. Somerset Maugham who was sent on mission to Russian by Wiseman in 1917. His previous work was under Melville. Maugham actually used Crowley as the model of his 1908 fiction called appropriately: The Magician. Maugham is a particularly bad connection here because he would also later be one of the honchos of Vincent Astor’s “the room” elitist branch of the Naval Reserve – an intelligence group – that would recruit L. Ron Hubbard under their wing in 1938/1939.

Maugham – 1916


As another example of Wiseman’s protection of his agents, the Russian Consulate and its counterpart “The Supply Commission” – patterned exactly like the British Purchasing set-up — came under fire in 1917 with accusations of graft and treason. Gaunt was trying to embarrass Wiseman, and tried to force him to ‘investigate’ but Thwaites, Cumming and other high connections like the Cecils, completely stonewalled him.

Yet another reason Gaunt was recalled, Wiseman and his MI1c operated many informers and double agents among the Russian Supply, Like Boris and Casimir, for example, and they certainly weren’t going to destroy that just for some pisher’s ego-driven temper tantrums.

I want to be the most important!

mad crying babysays Gaunt


Thwaites himself later noted in his book Velvet and Vinegar, the case of one of his agents (Reilly’s partner Antony Jechalski) who “so involved himself by prying into German affairs that he had become suspect.

That’s exactly how Crowley was. They were supposed to actually live their covers, understand?

Finally, Thwaites was long-time buddies with Charles Dillingham, he was the #2 of New York’s Military Intelligence Division head Biddle (yep, a descendant of that Nicholas Biddle, the guy that tried to stop President Jackson from paying off the U.S. debt and lost BADLY.)

Biddle is also who helped defer the attention OFF OF CROWLEY for the British.

As an even better example of just how far the British will go to hide their operatives – like L. Ron Hubbard, for example – when Gaunt tried to denounce Sydney Reilly in that 1917 attempt to force an investigation, then MID chief Van Deman queried Wiseman.

To him?

Wiseman flat out denied any specific knowledge of the man and offered that he might very well be an enemy agent.


He point blank lied.


This despite just weeks later he personally approved Reilly’s enlistment in the Royal Flying Corps, and later still recommended him for a sensitive intelligence mission in Russia!

I completely agree with Richard Spence’s summation of that any public repudiation of Crowley  – especially by Wiseman – is practically a big neon sign pointing in the opposite direction.

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Crowley was declared ‘incorrigible’ by the Pious Society of the Missionary Fathers.

Said with tongue tucked firmly in cheek, somehow that declaration and who did it sums up the life of Crowley just about perfectly.


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