Tuesday, September 28, 2010


The code name given by the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) to Elyesa Bazna, who photographed documents taken from the safe of the British ambassador in Ankara in 1943. Employed as a valet, Bazna evaded detection and resigned from his post before he was identified as a German spy. After the war, he was imprisoned in Turkey for
passing the counterfeit Bank of England notes with which he had been paid. He was later to write his memoirs, I Was Cicero, as did his SD handler, Ludwig Moyszisch (Operation Cicero). Bazna died in 1971. His role was played by James Mason in the movie Five Fingers.