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February 15, 1980
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/21: CIA-RDP90-00552R000100600018-7 THE NEW STATESMAN 15 February 1980 The memory of Goronwy Rees From Andrew Boyle For the benefit of readers who may have been misled by Richard Winkler's sn'de criticism of my conversations with the late Goronwy Rees on his death-bed (,s 1 February), a few background facts would not be out of order. First, the articles were intended by Rees for publication. They duly appeared in the Observer. Second, they drew partly on material in Rees's own memoir A Chapter of Accidents and in their original form the necessary 'quotes within quotes' were given. Rees and I consulted the book together. He had a copy by him. Third, Rees was well enough to read and approve, with minor amendments, the completed text of the first and rough draft of the second article. Fourth, as might have been expected of conversations. lasting many hours, spread over'several evenings, much more was said than was published. Fifth, it was also Rees's intention, had he lived longer, to revise A Chapter of Accidents, and to include in the revised veision those very passages in my articles to which your correspondent takes exception as looking sus- piciously like Boylesque inventions. I wonder why Richard Winkler failed to acknow- ledge, incidentally, his own debt to Anthony Bhtnt. Perhaps he failed to notice that it was Blunt, a stickler for such bogus textual purity, who first pointed out the one important time-discrepancy in A Chapter of Accidents on which your correspon- dent lays undue emphasis. On p. 209 Rees certainly did write that his interview with MI5 took place 'next day', i.e. on the day following Blunt's unsuc- cessful attempt to dissuade him from going (28 May, not Winkler's 29 May). Had Blunt or even Winkler troubled to read on (p. 211), they would have found that this interview with M15 could not have occurred until 7 June at the earliest. For, on emerging from M15 headquarters, Rees 'saw the headlines in the evening papers announcing that two British diplomats had vanished into thin air'. Is it surprising that Mr Winkler has tumbled into the trap he laid for me? c% Hutchinson, 3 Fitzroy Square, London W1 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/21: CIA-RDP90-00552R000100600018-7