If you’re looking for an expose into the inner secrets of the Intelligence Services this isn’t it. If you’re looking for the twisting plot of a new Bond film this isn’t it.
My name is Finn Maedan and this is my story.
In the autumn of 1982 at the age of 17 and at the height of the Cold War I joined a training scheme at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Following two years in The Park training school I spent the next 11 years travelling the world as a member of the ultra secret Operational Security Department.
Three decades on, with most secrets declassified and my memory fading rapidly, now is the time to pass on a few stories to whoever cares. Like most jobs, 90% of what we did was run of the mill, mundane even, and up until now I have never really shared much of what went on.
This is the other 10%…