Friday, November 15, 2013

A Look Back At The British Traitor And Spy Kim Philby

Richard Norton-Taylor and Nick Hopkins at the British newspaper the Guardian offera piece on British traitor and spy Kim Philby.

We may think there is nothing whatsoever new to say about the Cambridge spy ring, that exotic group of five (mainly) elitist, public school-educated, individuals who spied for the Soviet Union, or Communism, as they would have preferred.

We may be wrong .

But a BBC 4 documentary, Storyville: The Spy Who Went Into the Cold – Kim Philby, Soviet Super Spy, to be broadcast on Monday,18 November, sheds some new light, and contains a new mystery, about the defection of the "Third Man", Kim Philby.

Philby was protected by former colleagues in MI6 up to the moment he jumped aboard a Soviet freighter in Beirut in January 1963.

Philby was suspected by MI5 and the Americans as being the Third Man who tipped off Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, two other members of the Cambridge spy ring, that they were about to questioned.

The two fled to France and ended up in Moscow in 1961. Philby was publicly cleared of being the Third Man, partly because of lack of hard evidence, partly because of his friends in MI6.

However, suspicions, notably within MI5 and America's CIA and FBI, grew to the extent that even his friends in MI6 could no longer withstand them

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