Thursday, January 29, 2015


Saturday Evening Post, January 1946

An in-depth article, largely forgotten, about how the Nazis used the Principality of Monaco as "a sort of milking machine for drawing off the resources of the continent."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Monaco's association with the Nazis during World War II clearly left an impression on how to convey a message.

Instead of cleansing the principality of corruption and money-laundering, as Prince Albert once promised, it tries, through anonymous Internet sites, to malign me a liar.

All I ever did was try to do what Albert professed to have wanted: transform Monaco into a place where ethics counted for something.

It did not work, because Albert was too weak to stand up to the status quo.

So instead of going after the bad guys, Monaco goes after me, trying so hard to muddy the truth.


Between August 25-38, 1942, on orders of the Vichy Government, forty-two Jewish residents were arrested and interned first at Beausoleil then barracks at Auvare in Nice.

They were handed over to the Gestapo, moved to Drancy, and trained to Auschwitz, where almost all perished.

Eighty-two Jews deported from Monaco were murdered at Auschwitz

On March 23rd, 2006, Monaco caved to pressure from the EU and created a Commission to investigate spoilation of property suffered by victims of Monaco during the Second World War.

The Commission sought (said the Sovereign Order): "To explore and propose measures for compensation."

Almost ten years have passed since the creation of this Commission.

Can Monaco say if any reparations have been made?


Because no serious attempt was ever made to investigate anything!

Alas, the Commission's stated purpose was just a new lie to obfuscate an old lie.

So who is the real liar?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Prince Albert authorized it.

We own it.

Following our creation ten days ago of a Monaco Intelligence blog on Tumblr, Monaco's censors quickly went to work.

Not only did these truth-deniers coerce Tumblr to terminate the blog, they interfered with service to my website, disrupting it for most of yesterday.

Clearly, they do not want readers to access my manuscript, The Spymaster of Monte Carlo, which is available as a free download on my website, now back in service.

The Principality of Monaco also takes exception to my use of

They regularly argue that they own the name Monaco. 

Their stance is absurd.

The Principality's legal lechers once tried to take on Club Monaco, the retail chain owned by Polo Ralph Lauren.

They failed miserably.

In any case, I created Monaco Intelligence for Prince Albert.

Albert discarded Monaco Intelligence after he decided to follow a corrupt path instead of cleansing his principality, as promised.

So it became mine. now redirects to my website.

Every time Monaco intervenes in our right to free speech, it strengthens our resolve to persevere and ensure that the truth be available to all who want to know it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

RULE # 16

The best intelligence is not packaged in a glossy report but derives from a single sheet of crucial information in someone’s back pocket.

The biggest and best secrets do not need detailed explanation or embellishment.

You’ve seen them before:  Slick, glossy reports, padded with fluff and statistics. And all that really mattered was the first and last few paragraphs.

Anything that is truly important and sensitive does not belong in a report, whose circulation you probably cannot control. 

The best way to impart a secret is by telling it, directly to the client/principal who needs to know.

And if you need help remembering:  a single sheet of notes in your back pocket.

And such notes are in your own bad handwriting, which, of course, nobody else can decipher.

Nonetheless, once your briefing is done, the crumpled notepaper goes back in your pocket, to be torn into fifty-three pieces and dumped into a public garbage bin (not your own) after ensuring you haven’t been followed.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RULE # 15

Arrive early for a rendezvous, scout the setting, remain in control of your environment—and have an exit ramp.

When you arrive for a meeting with a source, anything can go wrong.

A two-timing source could set you up.  Or you could be set up by a rival intelligence service.

In other words, it is dangerous.

The solution is situation awareness.

Do not accede to a source’s choice of location, but if you must, scout it beforehand.

Ideally, choose the location yourself, somewhere in public and which you have already visited, chosen for its appropriateness based on security and contingency options.

Arrive thirty minutes before rendezvous time.  Observe the meeting place from an obscured position, watch for anything unnatural or suspicious.  When your source has arrived, approach with caution.

Know in advance, if you must flee, how best to do so.  

Any back exits?  Do buses pass by?  Where is the nearest subway station?  Any department stores or hotels you can slip into and lose yourself?

Friday, January 23, 2015

RULE # 14

Saturate & dilute

You cannot, in this high-tech age, erase your footprints.  

So create many false sets leading in all directions.

Your whereabouts are easy to discover in computerized records.  Sophisticated dataveillants can penetrate much further.

Furthermore, you have no control over what appears about you on Google and other search engines.

Cyberspace has become the domain of anonymous cowards.  Probably better that way, as it gives them a chance to vent rather than growing a pair. Only fools believe what is posted anonymously by cowards, and there is nothing to fear from fools.

But you can confuse whoever is trying to track you down by using subterfuge.

Create a number of addresses for yourself in multiple cities.  Do so by phoning multiple mail-order companies and requesting their catalog, and asking it be sent to a dozen locations around the country.  For addresses, use UPS shops.  Of course, once the catalog arrives, it will be discarded.   But your address shall live on in the mail order company’s mailing list, which will be sold over and over again to other merchants.

The investigator’s job is made more difficult when faced with multiple addresses, and it increases the cost of his service to the client, who may be unwilling to spend beyond a certain budget.

It's all data now.  The day of the gumshoe is almost gone.

As for Google:  it can be balanced out, diluted with positive data, and anonymous negativity negated. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RULE # 13

Stay in motion

If you stay in place, you become a sitting target.

Learn from Cuba’s Fidel Castro:  Never more than three nights in the same place—his key to survival in the country he ruined.

Very few people knew that Prince Albert of Monaco employed a spymaster.  But those who were aware might have told others, who might have had reason to squirm based on their misbehavior.

Monaco’s spymaster strove to be invisible.  But he did have a safe house in Monaco, to work and sleep in, called M-Base.

This base was used to meet sources.  One or more sources might have talked to others.  So it had to be assumed that one or more of the spymaster’s targets would know the location of M-Base.

A representative of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service cautioned:  “Sooner or later you will be firebombed.”

The spymaster’s answer was to stay in motion.  He constantly traveled, in and out of Monaco, to London, to Paris, to Brussels, to Luxembourg, to San Marino, to Washington DC, and elsewhere.

He did not tell assets and informants when he would arrive in Monaco.  Upon his arrival, such persons would receive a call and be summoned.

By the time word got around that the Spymaster was in residence—figure three days—he would be gone, without leaving word where.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RULE # 12

Early in my career, I had the good fortune to be tutored by Maurice Buckmaster, who ran the French section of the SOE during World War II.

He emphasized and reemphasized:  Always play the skeptic.

Play the skeptic with sources to determine their motivation.  

(It is almost always money or revenge—ideology and conviction are like rubber bands)

You’ve got an authoritative source in front of you.

You believe everything he says because it fits with what you already know to be true.

Don’t show it.

Instead, pooh-pooh it.  Be doubtful.  Push for the source to fully explain how he got the information and why he believes it to be true.

Shake your head and say, “It makes no sense to me.”  

Make him convince you.

People like to be believed.  If the source is holding something back, he will, under such pressure, come out with it.

There are only two motivations for betraying secrets:  money and revenge.

As Johnny Staccato, a fictional creation of jazz critic Mike Zwerin, used to say, “Reality is money.”

Everyone needs it.  If the price is high enough, and the risk diminished, people will sell.

Revenge is another story.  If a person is mistreated, it is natural for him to want to strike back.

Monaco’s spymaster recruited a former Palace insider who refused to be paid; he wanted only to settle a score with another person inside the Palace who caused his expulsion.

People think they have conviction.  But they allow it to be stretched when they need money or revenge.

(I treasure my autographed copy.)

Monday, January 19, 2015

RULE # 11

Beware duplicate sources—endeavor to uncover your source’s sources

You hear something.  It’s fascinating.  You yearn for it to be true, perhaps because it fits your hypothesis.

And then, from another second source, a source that doesn’t know your first source, you hear the same thing. 

So you think it must be true.  

Then it arrives from a third source, making it even truer?

Think again.

From where are your sources getting their information?

Is it possible, though your sources do not know one another, they are getting their information from the same source?

Example:  a liaison officer from CIA shares something of importance.  As spymaster, you then learn the Italians believe the same.

Question: Are the Americans and the Italians receiving information from the same source?

Before you believe anything, you must identify your source’s sources and endeavor to discover if they are one in the same.

If you determine this to be so, it is called duplicate sourcing, which hampers the validation process.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Monaco is so frightened of the truth, two months ago it coerced Google to remove our blog detailing the work conducted by the Monaco Intelligence Service.

The full story is available as a free download from...

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Despite Monaco's efforts to suppress the truth by obliterating the record and also attempting to dampen my credibility with a juvenile smear campaign, we shall persevere and ultimately prevail in ensuring that the truth be told.

If you are learning about this story for the first time, these links are a good place to begin.

RULE # 10

Steer clear of anyone afflicted with a James Bond complex.  

(The spy biz attracts sociopaths)

When people think of espionage, they naturally think of James Bond, the super-suave creation of Ian Fleming.

So naturally, the intelligence business attracts would-be James Bonds.

However, the intelligence business does not welcome would-be James Bonds.

Intelligence work is patiently determined by committee; carefully executed by teamwork.

Intelligence services try to recruit team players, not mavericks.

Every once in a while, someone with a James Bond-complex slips through.

This is the individual who disappears for three days, believes he has license to do as he pleases, and returns gleefully trumpeting whatever success he single-handedly imagined.

Any success is over-shadowed by his complex, and it is the latter on which his superiors will dwell.  If they believe he cannot be changed, he will be shown the exit ramp.

A good example of a combination James Bond complex and sociopath is Jonathan Pollard.

Pollard was a U.S. Navy analyst who aspired to be a secret agent.

Pollard would arrive late at meetings, sweating and disheveled, and claim terrorists had kidnapped his wife and that he’d spent the day chasing them around Washington.

Unfortunately, Pollard had access to secrets.

He sold U.S. secrets to Israel.

He was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Like all sociopaths, Pollard has never shown any remorse for his crime.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

RULE # 9

The enemy will give away 98 percent good intelligence to induce you to swallow 2 percent disinformation.

Monaco’s spymaster used to think the equation was 90-10.

Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service corrected him.

“It is amazing what the Russians will give away just to get you to believe something they want you to believe,” he was told.

Hence, no matter how much truth emanates from a source, especially a defector, you cannot take for granted that all is true because of a source’s track record for veracity.

Everything must be validated.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RULE # 8

Sometimes a bark is more effective than a bite.  But keep your teeth sharp.

The saying goes, “His bark is worse than his bite.”

Monaco’s spymaster believed in the bite, not the bark.  Most people perceive barking as a bluff.  It sends them a warning signal, which defeats the essential element of surprise.

If an enemy can be frightened into submission, go for it.  But be creative.  Be scary.  Be mental.  People are frightened of mental.

And keep your teeth sharp; carry a weapon in case you need it.

G. Gordon Liddy recommended that ladies always carry a hatpin or a finely sharpened lead pencil.

I recommend a stun gun, preferably one with over a million volts.

Monday, January 12, 2015


In early December 2006, the Monaco Intelligence Service delivered a report to Prince Albert of Monaco on the identities of fanatical Moslems in and around the Principality of Monaco.

Most of these Islamic extremists were in France, within striking distance of Monaco.

We were concerned that many such fanatical Moslems had taken jobs centering on Monaco's Port Hercules.

Our report was compiled partly from Monaco police files and partly from intelligence provided to us by the foreign intelligence services with which we liaised.

Monaco Police Captain Yves Subraud, who investigated Islamic extremism in and around Monaco, estimated that 30 percent of the Moslems in Cap d'Ail and Beausoleil, on opposite ends of Monaco, were fanatics.

The French converts, he added, were more fanatical than ethnic Arabs.

"I don't know where my reports go," Subraud told me.  "No action is ever taken."

Sunday, January 11, 2015

RULE # 7

Never trust anyone with a secret that has entertainment value.

A funny line, but actually spot on.

Monaco’s spymaster got it from Miles Copeland, a founding officer of the CIA and author of several books on intelligence and statecraft.

Copeland got it from Nicholas Elliot, a senior officer with Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, renowned in the business for two things:  

1) Unmasking Kim Philby as a traitor and causing him to defect to the Soviet Union. 

2) Writing a book about his career—Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella—without once mentioning that he was an intelligence officer (and an elegant book it is).

Copeland and Elliot served in Beirut at the same time and became life-long friends.  As Copeland tells it, he was supposed to dine with Philby in Beirut the night he disappeared, and Elliot flew in next day looking for the turncoat.

Elliot was apparently great at one-liners, once telling Copeland that Israel’s Golda Meir was really Lyndon Baines Johnson in drag.

Boring secrets are easy to keep to yourself.

The real challenge is holding onto one so entertaining, so funny, it would make you the star of any social occasion, and thereafter Mr. Popularity on the dinner party circuit.

The best spies blend in, not stand out.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

RULE # 6

Do not share the secrets of one liaison partner with another.

This is known in the intelligence business as Third Party Rule.

These days, good intelligence is about international cooperation i.e. liaison relationships between special services.

The Monaco Intelligence Service (MIS) was created on a shoestring of a budget, but with much wit and resourcefulness.  As a small service, it needed valuable intelligence from those willing to provide it.

Monaco’s spymaster was able to create liaison relationships with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the UK Secret Intelligence Service, and many other foreign special services strategic to the MIS mission.

The ironclad Third Party Rule is this:  You do not, under any circumstances, share what a foreign intelligence service tells you with a third party i.e. another intelligence service (or anyone else).

Liaison relationships were extremely important to MIS.

Monaco’s population comprises of 125 nationalities.

Through foreign intelligence services, MIS was able to run traces on a number of suspect foreign residents and prospective residents and investors.

Foreign intelligence services provided such intelligence to MIS at no cost.  It was a brilliant deal for Monaco.

Unfortunately, Monaco’s prince could not grasp this concept; he did not seem to comprehend that everything he always wanted to know about anything was available to him; that, upon request, twenty intelligence services stood ready to send a representative to Monaco at a few days notice to brief the prince on any subject of his choosing.

Unfortunately, the subjects of the prince’s choosing had more to do with unusual sexual escapades than affairs of state.

Monday, January 5, 2015

RULE # 5

Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.

People like to talk.  Listen to them.

You rarely learn anything from talking (unless you’re talking to a therapist).  But there is much to learn from listening to others.  What they say—and sometimes what they don’t say.

Often, there is no reason to talk at all.  Let the person you are with talk and talk and talk.  Not only will you learn much about them, they will adore you.  People love to talk about themselves; they love people who listen to them. 

There is almost no reason to ever say anything, aside from, “That’s fascinating, tell me more.”

This is how you learn secrets.  People eventually get round to telling you what you want to know all by themselves.  Don’t push; let them get there on their own.

And if you feel tempted to tell them about yourself, don’t.  Tell yourself:  “Self, keep your mouth shut.”

Hence, everyone else’s spiel is an opportunity for you to keep your mouth shut.

But suddenly there is silence?

Keep your mouth shut.  The person talking to you will fill it, if only out of nervousness.  People are generally frightened of silence.  It makes them talk.

You are asked a question?

Turn it around with a question of your own.

Feel challenged to view silence and questions as an opportunity to remain mum.

This holds especially true with depositions under oath.

You have nothing to gain by telling your story.  However good you might feel by getting your side of story on the record, you can be certain whatever you say will be twisted and used against you.

First, take a deep breath to consider the question while providing your brain with a fresh shot of oxygen.  It also throws the opposition off their rhythm.

Answer as simply and with as few words as possible, preferably just yes or no.

“Do you know who was responsible for that?”


“Can you tell us?”


“Then tell us!”

“Is that a question?”

Saturday, January 3, 2015

RULE # 4

Embrace all, trust none.  (Don’t trust gadgets either.)

Sidney Reilly (born Rosenblum) is reputed to be the greatest spy of all time, celebrated as the Ace of Spies.

It was Reilly who coined this motto: Trust no one.

(Reilly eventually got himself killed—by the Bolsheviks in Russia—for trusting someone running something called—of all things—The Trust.)

As a spymaster, embrace everyone, especially your enemies.  In The Art of War, Sun Tzu writes:  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

The Monaco spymaster’s mentor was Clair George, who rose through the ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency to become America’s spymaster as Deputy Director for Operations.

Clair George embraced everyone.  If they represented the enemy, he plucked secrets from their back pocket while exchanging hugs.

Clair George would convince the enemy to like him, and to trust him.  And the next step would be to convince the enemy to pass him vital secrets.

Clair George was not as trusting as those he cultivated and recruited.

Adversarial intelligence services would, of course, try to cultivate and recruit him.  And Clair would embrace them.  But he did not trust them with the knowledge of anything that could be used against himself or his country.
Trust no one.  

The only real secret is one that you know and you don’t tell anyone else.

Clair George also never trusted gadgets, such as listening devises.  They could go wrong; they would go wrong.

Clair relied on a good memory and good note taking—perhaps two of the most important attributes of an intelligence officer.

None of this was lost on Monaco’s spymaster.

And by the way:  the greatest spy of all time was Clair George, not Reilly.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

RULE # 3

Mont Blanc Hemingway
Sean Kirkpatrick

There is history, her-story, your story and my-story—truth exists only in the moment.  
So keep a journal and document the moment.

History is his story.  

These days, her story counts, too.

You’ve got yours, and I’ve got mine.

Rarely does anyone agree on exactly what is said and done.  Everyone has their own version of events, based on their own perspectives.

Courts seek to get at the truth by dissecting contracts, hearing testimony under oath and studying documents from all parties and witnesses, trying to establish what really happened.

Memories fade with time.

But if you keep a regular journal and jot down interaction with others as it occurs, this record becomes both a memory-jogger and a document from which others may attempt to discern truth between quarrelling parties with opposing viewpoints.

Monaco’s spymaster sued the prince and his principality for not keeping accounts current.

The prince and his principality were at a disadvantage when news media attempted to establish the facts of the lawsuit.


Because most of what happened while the spymaster performed his service to the prince he notated diary-style in a leather-bound journal.

Over the course of five-and-a-half years, the spymaster filled twenty leather-bound journals with details of his service to the prince, including everything the prince said.

Hence, the spymaster was in command of his facts.

The prince and his principality, conversely, could not speak authoritatively to the substance of the lawsuit, as they had no journals or records of any sort.

News media soon distinguished who was telling the truth, and who was lying.