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Roseanne H posts on 11/10/2011 1:51:39 PM Robert, you are to be commended for your service to our country during World War II, but I still take issue with your constant discrediting of the Countess and, in particular, her portrayal of Edmundo Lassalle. As I have written previously, after correspondence with the Countess, it must be stated that she considered Edmundo a QUOTE dear friend END QUOTE and that she portrayed him exactly as she knew him. Neither the Countess nor her friends knew of any child he may have fathered, because at the wedding of Edmundo to Princess Agatha Ratibor in Madrid, he claimed that he was marrying for the first time. The Countess maintains that her stories are true but does admit that QUOTE certain facts had to be changed slightly END QUOTE and that she changed some names to protect some people. Finally, the Countess is very grateful to those who enjoy her books. She states that she hopes the film will finally come out in a TV series which QUOTE now seems possible END QUOTE.
Anita Savino Fournier posts on 10/29/2011 7:57:20 PM Robert, I read the book and I have read much about Ricardo Sicre. Very interesting Spy, indeed. Also,who exactly was the man that was the Boss of Aline during her tenure in Spain in the beginning. I know he wasn't her handler. So, Robert I figure you have the answer. I kept searching for the info but never actually found it.
Kathy posts on 10/28/2011 2:38:48 AM I think it is pretty well known that money, aka commerce, makes the world go 'round, and all that entails. Please tell us something new.



Sharon posts on 10/27/2011 8:48:53 PM The DVD is available on Amazon but as posted previously, can only be played on a Region 2 DVD player. It would be great if someone could add English subtitles to it and copy it (with permission from the production company) into a formart that could be streamed online. Even without the subtitles, it would be great to see online.
Robert Huddleston posts on 10/27/2011 5:06:43 PM Dear Angela and others, Enough is enough. Not at Roseanne's suggestion but at the suggestion of Edmundo's daughter. As Pepita has pointed out, what Aline has published can't be undone. It is something that she, her siblings and their grandchildren must accept and bear. Now, if you can tolerate me one more time, let me tell of a most interesting spy caper. At the end of the conflict in Europe,Sir willian Stephenson of British Intelligence established the WORLD COMMERCE CORPORATION. Frank Ryan, once head of OSS Secret Intelligence on the Iberian Desk, was made preasident and among other ex-OSSers employed Aline Griffith. As vice president was Ricardo Sicre, a Spanish-American former OSS counterintelligence agent with a fantastic history. The Board of Directors included, not only Sir Stephenson, but OSS's wartime chief, William Donovan. Almost everyone connected to WORLD COMMERCE had connections to British or American intelligence operations. Clearly, commerce was a codeword for intelligence. The Cold War was underway and it has been suggested that WORLD COMMERCE-liquidated in 1962- was a precurson to the Iran-Contra affair in the Reagan administration. In other words, that commerce was a means of pursuing clandestine operations. As for Recardo Sicre, whose wife, Betty Lussier, was also an OSS agent, see OPERATIVES, SPIES, AND SABOTEURS by Patrick O'donnell and my review of INTREPID WOMAN, Betty Lussier's recent memoir. Bye to all,
Anita Savino Fournier posts on 10/27/2011 12:05:31 PM Angela, you can go to IMBD and see an advertisement of the film, Garbo El Espia.
Angela posts on 10/25/2011 10:10:15 PM Anita, Garbo El Espia sounds wonderful. You would think with all the info flying around out there, we would find something on it. I'm going to keep looking for it. I agree with you, fact and/or fiction, Aline's books are the best. They are, after all, both. Long live duality and living with an open mind.
Anita Savino Fournier posts on 10/25/2011 6:59:18 PM Okay everyone, it is nice to see you all on the message board again. The Countess had suggested to me to view a DVD entitled "Garbo El Espia". I have searched everywhere, and finally IKIRU Films of Spain, responded. This Documentary includes Interviews of the Countess and others, and it won best documetary of 2009. Unfortunately it is not available in the USA. Which saddens me as I heard it was wonderful. Mr. Taylor who Robert mentioned has worked at the Nat'l Archives for years. It would be nice if he were in on all these discussions we have as he could shed much light on the subject of espionage. Let's face it: fact or/and fiction, it still entertains us all.
Angela posts on 10/23/2011 2:53:11 PM Robert, I'm sure you've noticed that when you go on Amazon and do a search for Aline's books, your book about Edmundo also pops up. Hopefully it gives you some peace of mind to know that many readers of her spy series will also read your book and come to their own conclusion. But for you to spend so much time trying to discredit her only makes you look petty, like a crow picking apart a carcass, and not like the fellow author you should be. It's okay to voice an opinion, but you come across like you were right there behind her during every episode of her life, and it's just not plausible. This is an entertainment forum, not a scientific think tank.
Roseanne H. posts on 10/22/2011 6:26:19 PM Sadly, Robert H. has been discrediting the Countess on this board for YEARS. He just will not accept the fact that we KNOW she embellished her writings, and yet we LOVE her books and great storytelling. Let it rest, Robert, once and for all. Enough already.
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