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Stella Rimington joined the Britain’s MI5 in 1965 and during her thirty-year career worked in all the main fields of the Service’s responsibilities—countersubversion, counterespionage, and counterterrorism—and became successively Director of all three branches. Appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992, she was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director-General whose name was publicly announced upon appointment. Stella Rimington is the author of At Risk, Secret Asset, and Illegal Action. She lives in London.