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MI 6 spies: Secret letters written in semen
The Sun (UK) ^ | 9/21/2010

Posted on 09/21/2010 11:02:25 AM PDT by llevrok

BRITISH spies experimented with using SEMEN to write top-secret letters.

Spooks at MI6 discovered the bodily fluid could be used as an invisible ink, as it glows brightly under UV light but does not react to detection chemicals.

The tests are detailed in a diary entry written during the First World War by a senior member of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Walter Kirke wrote in June 1915 that Mansfield Cumming, the first chief of the SIS, was "making enquiries for invisible inks at the London University".

In October he noted that he "heard from C that the best invisible ink is semen", which did not react to usual methods of detection.

It also had the advantage of being easily available.

One member of staff close to Cumming, Frank Stagg, said he would never forget his bosses' delight when the Deputy Chief Censor said one of his staff had discovered that "semen would not react to iodine vapour".

Stagg noted: "We thought we had solved a great problem".

However, the discovery also led to some further problems — the agent who made the discovery had to be moved from his department after becoming the butt of jokes.

At least one agent also had to be reminded to use only fresh supplies of semen when correspondents began noticing an unusual smell.

The revelations are included in new book MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 by Professor Keith Jeffery.

Prof Jeffery, of Queen's University, Belfast, was given access to all of MI6's files between those years.


TOPICS: Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: napl
Improper use of a broad tipped writing device?
1 posted on 09/21/2010 11:02:27 AM PDT by llevrok
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick; martin_fierro; pissant; JoeProBono

Baffles handwriting experts ping


2 posted on 09/21/2010 11:04:06 AM PDT by llevrok (Born a ham and never cured.)
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To: llevrok

Yeah, but did they figure out what to use for a pen?


3 posted on 09/21/2010 11:04:24 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Matthew CUMMINGS ?????


4 posted on 09/21/2010 11:06:50 AM PDT by white17x
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To: llevrok

“Mansfield Cumming”.

Figures.


5 posted on 09/21/2010 11:07:02 AM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: white17x

Mansfield not Matthew


6 posted on 09/21/2010 11:07:41 AM PDT by white17x
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To: llevrok

Bawney Fwank offers to open a new factory to supply them with fresh ink.


7 posted on 09/21/2010 11:07:52 AM PDT by jessduntno ("If anybody believes they can increase taxes today, they're out of their mind." -- Mayor Daley)
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To: llevrok

Cummings and Stagg. You can’t make this stuff up.


8 posted on 09/21/2010 11:08:09 AM PDT by NorthStarStateConservative (I'm just another disabled naturalized minority vegan pro life conservative.)
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To: white17x

“One member of staff close to Cumming, Frank Stagg...”

Okay - now I’m looking for the Satire tag!


9 posted on 09/21/2010 11:08:29 AM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: llevrok
Mansfield Cumming, the first chief of the SIS

'Nuff said.

10 posted on 09/21/2010 11:09:29 AM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: llevrok
MI 6 spies: Secret letters written in semen

Just reporting their comings & goings?

11 posted on 09/21/2010 11:10:08 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: llevrok

I’ve heard about this. The only trouble was they all ended up blind and couldn’t read the messages anyway.


12 posted on 09/21/2010 11:10:22 AM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: llevrok
One member of staff close to Cumming...

Or maybe not....

13 posted on 09/21/2010 11:10:22 AM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: llevrok
MI 6 spies: Secret letters written in semen

Just reporting their comings & goings?

14 posted on 09/21/2010 11:13:06 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: 21twelve
The only trouble was they all ended up blind and couldn’t read the messages anyway.

The used cursive rather than the Palmer method .

15 posted on 09/21/2010 11:15:28 AM PDT by llevrok (Born a ham and never cured.)
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To: gundog
Cumming was a homosexual, in the English School Boy tradition, see Blunt, Carincross and others.
16 posted on 09/21/2010 11:18:25 AM PDT by Little Bill (`-)
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To: llevrok

“I’ll write more later... when I’m able.”


17 posted on 09/21/2010 11:19:24 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: llevrok

18 posted on 09/21/2010 11:20:06 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: llevrok

19 posted on 09/21/2010 11:20:06 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: llevrok

ROTFL!
Comes in handy when writing a “Dear Johnson” letter...


20 posted on 09/21/2010 11:20:32 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: llevrok
One member of staff close to Cumming

Relax...think about baseball stats.

21 posted on 09/21/2010 11:20:34 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: llevrok

Gee, I wonder how many spies looked forward to writing reports!


22 posted on 09/21/2010 11:22:33 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: llevrok

23 posted on 09/21/2010 11:25:53 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: llevrok

So how did women spies ...?

Oh, never mind.


24 posted on 09/21/2010 11:30:58 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: llevrok

They need to offer classes on how to write with it and what kind of “pens” to use.


25 posted on 09/21/2010 11:36:21 AM PDT by Howudoing
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To: llevrok

OK, so Stagg was close to Cumming? Is this where they got the phrase “Stagg films” from?


26 posted on 09/21/2010 11:41:27 AM PDT by bonnieblue4me (You can put lipstick on a donkey (or a dimrat), but it is still an ass!)
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To: llevrok

Oh!
That’s why those lady Brit’s kept taking advantage of me!


27 posted on 09/21/2010 11:44:00 AM PDT by G Larry (Patty-cake diplomacy must give way to strong, decisive action!)
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To: llevrok
Who says there are no happy endings in espionage?
28 posted on 09/21/2010 11:45:04 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Richard Frank DeCamp, 11/13/34-9/15/10, R.I.P.)
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To: llevrok

No message tonight... I have a headache.


29 posted on 09/21/2010 11:46:50 AM PDT by irishtenor (Tag lines, they are not what they used to be...)
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To: Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono

The hairy palms almost gave them away.


30 posted on 09/21/2010 11:52:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: RichInOC; Lazamataz; Revolting cat!
Mata Hari was sent to steal their vital fluids.


31 posted on 09/21/2010 11:55:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: llevrok

‘Secret letters written in semen’

Hard to do stationery?


32 posted on 09/21/2010 12:02:32 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: llevrok

They would practice by writing their name in the snow......


33 posted on 09/21/2010 12:05:31 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: llevrok

Remember, if you are compromised, swallow the message.
No way!


34 posted on 09/21/2010 12:06:38 PM PDT by irishtenor (Tag lines, they are not what they used to be...)
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To: llevrok

Now we need to know. What was the secret message that billy jeff clinton left on Monica’s blue dress?


35 posted on 09/21/2010 12:08:47 PM PDT by CommerceComet
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To: llevrok

wank-o-gram?


36 posted on 09/21/2010 12:13:07 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
After that title, who cares about the article?


37 posted on 09/21/2010 1:00:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

"Mike, what the hell are you doing?"

38 posted on 09/21/2010 1:28:31 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Razzz42

What if the required reports were several pages long? Installments? Shorthand? Morse code?


39 posted on 09/21/2010 1:30:24 PM PDT by biff
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To: llevrok

Looks like they need to pass on this information to the younger crime fighters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XltPSaJ2Dw4


40 posted on 09/21/2010 1:35:03 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Little Bill
I doubt you'd ever see George Smiley handle his communications this way. Ricky Tarr, maybe. But not George.
41 posted on 09/21/2010 1:45:36 PM PDT by llevrok (Born a ham and never cured.)
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To: llevrok
This message . . . ooohhh . . . will self distruct . . . baby . . . in . . . oh yeah . . . five . . . make it three . . . minutes.
42 posted on 09/21/2010 2:42:00 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: Abathar

LOL LOL LOL.


43 posted on 09/21/2010 2:45:59 PM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: nickcarraway; Cincinna; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; ...
Thanks llevrok.
Spooks at MI6 discovered the bodily fluid could be used as an invisible ink, as it glows brightly under UV light but does not react to detection chemicals.
I'm not sure I want to learn how this was discovered, probably related to pre-war issues of the "Jolly Good Show" skin magazine...


44 posted on 09/21/2010 3:54:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nice to have a fresh supply of “ink” on hand.


45 posted on 09/21/2010 5:50:35 PM PDT by bigheadfred (We built a tower of stone. With our flesh and bone. Just to see him fly .)
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To: bigheadfred

I’d write a lengthy response to this, but the new Swimsiut Issue came out and I have “writer’s cramp”....


46 posted on 09/21/2010 6:28:51 PM PDT by Aut Pax Aut Bellum (The Summer of Recovery is becoming the Fall of Fall...)
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To: Aut Pax Aut Bellum
lengthy...but...

The Great American Novel turns out to be a short story. Too bad you weren't up for it.

47 posted on 09/21/2010 8:00:40 PM PDT by bigheadfred (We built a tower of stone. With our flesh and bone. Just to see him fly .)
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To: biff

Morse code? ...-—...-— Good until the last drop.


48 posted on 09/21/2010 9:19:14 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Yeah, but did they figure out what to use for a pen?

Hey we are talking about the brits here.
49 posted on 09/21/2010 11:47:02 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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