Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult

Aleister Crowley is better recognized this present day as a founder of smooth occultism. His vast, hypnotic eyes peer at us from the canopy of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts membership Band, and his effect are available all over in renowned culture.

Crowley, often referred to as the nice Beast, has been the topic of a number of biographies, a few portray him as a misunderstood genius, others as a manipulative charlatan. None of them have seemed heavily at his occupation as an agent of British Intelligence.

Using files gleaned from British, American, French, and Italian data, Secret Agent 666 sensationally unearths that Crowley performed a huge position within the sinking of the Lusitania, a plot to overthrow the govt. of Spain, the thwarting of Irish and Indian nationalist conspiracies, and the 1941 flight of Rudolf Hess.

Author Richard B. Spence argues that Crowley—in his personal unconventional way—was a patriotic Englishman who persisted years of public vilification partly to masks his function as a mystery agent.

The verification of the good Beast’s participation within the 20th century’s so much wonderful executive plots will most probably blow the minds of background buff s and occult aficionados alike.

Author Richard B. Spence could be noticeable on a number of documentaries at the heritage Channel and is a expert for Washington, DC’s overseas undercover agent Museum. he's additionally the writer of Trust not anyone: the key global of Sidney Reilly (Feral House).

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Harris had unconventional perspectives and whimsical neighbors in addition to Aleister Crowley. An outspoken defender of Oscar Wilde in the course of Wilde’s travails, Harris additionally used to be a visitor at Winston Churchill’s marriage ceremony. Literature and an curiosity within the metaphysical introduced Harris the Beast jointly. As editor of the British vainness reasonable, he had released some of Crowley’s literary effusions. 19 Harris potentially was once a brother in Crowley’s inner most A∴A∴ sect and contributed a minimum of one piece to its organ, The Equinox. 20 by the point conflict broke out, Harris had met criminal problems and served time in the back of British bars. That plus his Irish republican sympathies helped bitter him on England, so he claimed, and he skipped again to the U. S. in fall 1914 as “Frank Vernon. ”21 He and his mistress, Anna Strindberg, widow of the Swedish playwright, landed in Gotham slightly a fortnight sooner than Crowley. Crowley met with Harris the day after arriving at the Lusitania. the 2 have been certain to see one another, due to the fact Harris and his pal have been on the related St. Regis lodge. within the States, Harris, like Crowley, speedily proclaimed his sympathy for Germany. In an early 1915 report back to London, British Ambassador Cecil Spring-Rice complained that Harris’s writing evidenced “a profound detestation for England and a contempt for France. ”22 Spring-Rice used to be yes that Frank Harris was once “employed by means of the enemy. ” In 1916, Harris took editorial keep an eye on of the foundering Pearson’s journal and in a timely fashion became it right into a “radical, anti-war” booklet, a lot to the inflammation of British (and, later, American) experts. 23 Harris additionally collaborated with the Propaganda Kabinett, which introduced him into dealings with Viereck in early 1915, simply whilst Crowley joined The place of origin. Harris, like Crowley, can have been secretly operating for London, and his pro-Kaiserian blather, like our man’s, a pose calculated to win the arrogance of the Germans. regardless of the fact, Harris certainly was once busy ingratiating himself with German operatives within the U. S. and making contacts that might be priceless to agent Crowley. Crowley made different contacts in the course of his first weeks in big apple. in the course of November, for example, he tested ties with George Winslow Plummer, an American veteran of assorted esoteric teams and present head of the Societas Rosicruciana in the United States (SRIA). Plummer granted Crowley admission to that society, and the Beast reciprocated through certifying Plummer as an honorary IX measure adept within the OTO. 24 The alternate indicates that Crowley wasted no time workout his authority as head of the OTO for North the US, lately bestowed on him through Theodor Reuss. As Crowley himself later famous, Reuss slightly escaped England in addition to the German Embassy employees while the warfare erupted. 25 This increases the chance that he and the Beast ran into one another, accidentally or layout, in the course of these frantic August days. In any occasion Reuss rapidly surfaced operating for German counterintelligence at the Dutch border, doubtless attempting to spot English brokers he had pointed out in the course of his time in London.

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