(Sept. 21) -- The secrets behind real-life James Bonds are revealed in "MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949," a new book covering the history of the British spy agency from its founding in 1909 through 1949. The author, historian Keith Jeffery, was given complete access to all surviving documents on MI6, or "the holy grail of British archives," as the he puts it. And this holy grail includes some very surprising tidbits. Here are the five most intriguing discoveries in the book, from a covert operation to keep Jewish refugees out of Palestine to invisible ink made from -- wait for it -- semen. 1. "Operation Embarrass" lives up to its name. During his research, Jeffery discovered a secret plan to stem the flow of illegal Jewish immigrants from Europe to Palestine right after World War II. At the government's behest, MI6 formulated an intimidation campaign, called "Operation Embarrass," that included blowing up five ships at an Italian port. The government gave the operation its approval under the condition that there be "no risk of casualties being incurred" or any trail leading back to it. The chief of MI6 at the time, Stewart Menzies, suggested the harassment be blamed on a fake Arab group, which the spy agency set up and called "Defenders of Arab Palestine." http://www.aolnews.com/2010/09/21/from-operation-embarrass-to-tear-gas-pens-mi6-secrets-reveale/
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