Lieutenant Colonel Sir Claude Edward Marjoribanks Dansey (10 September 1876 in South Kensington – 11 June 1947 in Bath, Somerset), also known as Colonel Z, Haywood, Uncle Claude, and codenamed Z, was the assistant chief of the Secret Intelligence Service known as ACSS, of the British intelligence agency commonly known as MI6, and a member of the London Controlling Section. He began his career in intelligence in 1900, and remained active until his death. After heading up Mi6's operation in Rome in the ealy 1930's Dansey realised Mi6 was extremely poorly organised and had been infiltrated at every level by enemy agents. Because of Mi6's shortcomings by 1936, Dansey set up his own shadow Mi6 network - Z Organization (after his own codename, Z) had over 200 executives, most doing it for the thrill of espionage. They were not allowed to take extreme risks, write anything down, take pictures or carry spy equipment. Alexander Korda used his company, London Films, as an excuse to visit sensitive areas while "searching for film locations". These businessmen and journalists used their own credentials as cover. His fears were proven to be well founded when, after Mi6's agents in Neutral Holland were captured, it was known that most 'official' intelligence agents were known to the Nazi's intelligence services.
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