Milestones Jun. 25, 2001

DIED. DAVID SPEDDING, 58, who from 1994 to '99 was the man known as C, the traditional designation for the head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6); of lung cancer; in London. The post had its James Bondish arcana (C's top-secret memos, for example, were supposedly written in green ink, which only C could use). But Spedding became a rather public spy, even though his photograph was never published until his death. The infamous Soviet mole Kim Philby revealed his name in 1971 during a Moscow-London spy spat. Spedding later reorganized the post-cold war service, focusing on his specialty, the Middle...

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