If you want to know what’s in the about to be released edition of Investigate magazine, here’s a teaser.
From Nevil Gibson-National Business Review Editor’s Blog
The latest exposé on the SIS has largely gone unnoticed – Bernard Moran and Trevor Loudon’s account in Australia’s National Observer of Drivers Union member John Van de Ven, who joined the Socialist Unity Party and in 1983-84 attended a high-level indoctrination course at the Lenin Institute in Moscow.
But unbeknown to his fellow Kiwi communists, Mr Van de Ven had already been recruited by the SIS (over a desire for personal revenge) and provided it with inside information on the burgeoning anti-Anzus ‘peace’ movement.
Moran and Loudon interviewed Van de Ven before he committed suicide in 1992 (for reasons not associated with his undercover work) and learned of the Moscow course’s strategy to pull a social democratic country out of the Western alliance.
This objective was achieved in New Zealand as the ‘peace’ movement successfully won over Labour Party and wider public opinion, resulting in the Lange government leaving Anzus and passing anti-nuclear legislation.
The methods were classic subversion: to influence but not lead (in Van de Ven’s words) “in such a way that the top people in the various peace groups were seen as reasonably responsible by the average New Zealander.”
How did the Soviets covertly influence the New Zealand Labour Party? How did the Soviets make Kiwis think our anti-nuke policies were our own idea? What role did the Socialist Unity Party play in this exercise?
Check out the latest Investigate for the answers to these questions and more.