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Mark Griffiths

An award-winning former foreign correspondent, Mark Huband has spent the past thirty years travelling the world, today as an author, poet and Managing Director of a leading London-based strategic intelligence firm.


His postings as a correspondent in Abidjan and Nairobi took him to most countries of sub-Saharan Africa as they emerged from the Cold War. Initially for the Financial Times and then as Africa correspondent for the Guardian and the Observer, his subject matter ranged from social and economic issues to political coverage and war reporting from Liberia, Somalia, Rwanda, Angola and Sudan. Rebasing to North Africa to report on the conflict in Algeria, he subsequently moved to Cairo as regional correspondent for the Financial Times, reporting from most countries of the Arab world, as well as from Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran, and becoming a leading authority on the rise of political Islam. Mark returned to London to create the International Economy section of the Financial Times, though in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks was appointed as the newspaper’s first Security Correspondent, in which role he covered issues ranging from Islamic extremism, Iran’s nuclear programme and the role of secret intelligence, to being the first journalist to report on the tribunals of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.


Author of eight books on Africa, the Middle East, Islam and espionage – as well as three collections of poetry – Mark’s acclaimed studies of global affairs powerfully combine eyewitness reportage and extensive background research, and have become standard reading for scholars, students and travelers alike.


Technoslime Terror
Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards 2014

Today's intelligence community faces challenges that would have been inconceivable only a dozen years ago. Just as al-Qaeda s destruction of the Twin Towers heralded a revolution in global diplomacy, the events of 9/11 also threw two centuries of spy-craft into turmoil because this new enemy could not be bought. Gone were the sleepers and moles whose trade in secrets had sustained intelligence agencies in both peacetime and war. A new method of intelligence-gathering had been born. The award-winning former Financial Times Security correspondent Mark Huband here takes us deep inside this new unseen world of spies and intelligence. With privileged access to intelligence officers from Rome to Kabul and from Khartoum to Guantanamo Bay, he reveals how spies created secret channels to the IRA, deceived Iran's terrorist allies, frequently attempted to infiltrate al-Qaeda, and forced Libya to abandon its nuclear weapons. Trading Secrets provides a unique and controversial assessment of the ability of the major intelligence agencies to combat the threat of twenty-first century terrorism.

 BIBLIOGRAPHY: Trading Secrets (I.B. Tauris,  2012).