Thursday, September 27, 2012

How Kim Philby Infilrated MI6, With A Lot Of Help From His Friends

Richard Norton-Taylor and the Nick Hopkins at the British newspaper the Guardian offer a look at a new book on British traitor and spy Kim Philby.

So much has been written about Kim Philby and the Cambridge spy ring that people may be forgiven for thinking that's enough. They would be wrong.

There is so much, ranging from the exotic to the banal, which makes the story of the Cambridge spy ring of such perennial interest.

A new account shows how Kim Philby, the "third man" of the Ring of Five, came, partly by sheer luck, to head the counter intelligence branch of MI6 and ended up being responsible for co-ordinating British secret operations in the Soviet Union.

As Edward Harrison, author of The Young Kim Philby, published on 1 October by the University of Exeter Press, points out, this Soviet agent was at the heart of Britain's secret cold war.

How he got there is described in detail, some of it fresh, most of it very telling. It tells you as much as about the British establishment, as about Philby personally.

You can read the rest of the story via the below link:

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