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Re: Re-read his comment .....
Check out the 'Profumo Affair' - well known to Brits, but perhaps not so in the US. Papers are sealed for 100 years - my guess is to protect a 'Royal'. I'll never know but I mentioned this to my sons and encouraged them to mention it to their sons.
Basically, the last part of John Winton's Carrier Glorious is mostly based on similar sourcings. It seems the British are determined to protect the reputations of bigwigs until their grandchildren are dead.
And we'll never see the docs on the Duke of Windsor.
Alan is NOT reporting baseless comments, but relating his own reading of files and discussions.
I do not know how things work in the US, but over here it is entirely possible to talk to people about subjects which they do not want recorded, or directly referred to. The more regarded researchers and academics are the more they TEND to get such "chats".
It is well known that the UK has many files either closed for 75-plus or 100-plus years and files which are just "closed" (or like the SOE files officially declared lost - both to flood and asbestos pollution - which were then [mostly] found in good order).
These are the files SOME of which are opened to Official Historians (and some favoured researchers/authors) on special conditions and are, in general, NOT referenced. You may find references to "conversations", "discussions", "letters", etc.... which may be correct, or may be ways of covering research in secret archives.
Having talked to proper researchers I know of (NO DETAILS) some very few of these more confidential research, and know for instance that the MOD were starting to write up Staff Histories for various Cold War subjects.
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