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These are serious allegations from a credible source; it is imperative that they be investigated properly
Mark Pyman, defence director, Transparency International
Civil servants at the top of Britain’s defence establishment exchanged highly sensitive memos three decade ago that shed light on bribery allegations today.
It was between two of Whitehall’s most powerful mandarins in their day. The first was the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Sir Frank Cooper, a former wartime Spitfire pilot described as a “mixture of industrial tycoon and dance-hall bouncer”.
And the second was Sir Lester Suffield, who was “Britain’s chief arms salesman” as head of the MoD’s Defence Sales Organisation.