Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989) was a prominent British philosopher.
From October 1941 to March 1943, Ayer worked as a Special Operations Executive agent within British Security Co-ordination with cover symbol G.246, in the Political and Minorities Section. He worked on intelligence on Latin America, , particularly Argentina and Chile. He later served with SOE in France.
In 1950, he attended the Berlin Congress for Cultural Freedom as a member of the British delegation, which was funded by the Foreign Office through the Information Research Department. Along with Hugh Trevor-Roper he became a focus for opposition amongst participants to the militant anti-communism of the organisers.
- Alfred Jules Ayer, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, accessed 19 May 2009.
- Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's 1999, p.190.
- Stephen Dorril, MI6, Touchstone 2002, p.478.
- Frances Stonor Saunders, Who Paid the Piper, Granta Books, 2000, p.76.
- Hugh Wilford, Calling the Tune? The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War, Frank Cass, 2003, p.194.