Event Date: 29 April – 1 May 2011
East Midlands Conference Centre
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RJ
Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory
Professor Cees Wiebes (NcTB Netherlands) – Oh my God, the Dutch did it again” : The Dutch-CIA intelligence liaison
Despite many historical and journalistic accounts of the successes and failures of the CIA, its intelligence liaison with its smaller European allies never received any sustained and serious analysis. In my paper I will highlight the various successes of the Dutch intelligence community in Europe, behind the Iron curtain, China and Indonesia. Many results were fully shared with the CIA. Sometimes these Dutch operations offered the CIA unique access to intelligence they themselves could lay their hands on. Some Dutch covert operations abroad bewildered Langley with enormous enthusiasm. I will also pay some attention to joint CIA-Dutch operations. However, my paper will also document the oftentimes difficult relationship of the CIA with Holland. The most sensitive issue being the not officially sanctioned activities of the CIA on Dutch territory.
Dr. Cees Wiebes is presently senior analyst at the Expertise & Analysis Department at the Office of the National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (NCTb) in the Netherlands. Before this posting he worked for 23 years as senior lecturer at the Department of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam. He co-authored the unofficial history of the Dutch foreign intelligence service. His latest book was Intelligence and the war in Bosnia, 1992-1995. The views expressed in this contribution are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NCTb, the Ministry of Security and Justice, or the Netherlands Government.