Originally Posted by MontyB
Oddly enough I would love to discuss Admiral Canaris but I don't know a damn thing about him and worst of all I can't find anything concrete about him either.
The problem I have with accepting these points is that while it may mean that Canaris was a closet double agent or "anti-nazi" it also means that the entire Abwehr were completely incompetent and that in itself is probably worth discussing because the failings of German intelligence cost Germany dearly.
So your view is that just one man, even at the top of the intelligence profession, couldn't significantly hinder the whole organisation since his subordinates should have shown the necessary initiative or even report him?
The Abwehr must have known about the security activities on the Eastern front and concentration camps. Given that they would have been typically intelligent people, perhaps less inclined to be indoctrinated with Nazi ideology might this have simply disillusioned them, propelling them into lethargy rather than sabotage? This may have been their best option given that they must also have been aware of the military problems and the massive forces accumulating against them.
Perhaps I'm painting an over optimistic and all too rational image of human behaviour here.