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Legal Attaché London: Then and Now

Seventy years ago this coming Monday, Arthur M. Thurston was officially named legal attaché of the U.S. Embassy in wartime London. And so began the friendships and cooperative relationships between the FBI and British law enforcement and intelligence services that flourish to this day.

Feb 22, 2013 12:00 PM

Legal Attaché London: Then and Now


Seventy years ago this coming Monday, Arthur M. Thurston was officially named legal attaché of the U.S. Embassy in wartime London. Three months earlier, on November 16, 1942, he had, at the invitation of U.S. Ambassador John Winant, opened the office for liaison purposes in the 1 Grosvenor Square embassy. Now, as “legat,” Thurston was already highly connected with his colleagues in MI-5 and MI-6.

And so began the friendships and cooperative relationships between the FBI and British law enforcement and intelligence services that flourish to this day.

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