Notorious British traitor Kim Philby recommended fellow British communists to his Russian spymasters
Notorious British traitor Kim Philby recommended a series of fellow British communists to his Russian spymasters, reveals confession first revealed
- Kim Philby tried to justify his decision to spy by comparing it to the army
- Intelligence files reveal how students were recruited as one of Cambridge spies
- File is from 1963, the year in which Philby, a former MI6 officer, fled to Russia
Britain's most insidious spy, Kim Philby, once wrote that the decision to work for Russia was the same as & # 39; joining the army & # 39;
Newly classified documents reveal how Britain's most insidious spy helped recruit countless British fellow Communists into the KGB – indicating that the & # 39; Cambridge spy ring & # 39; could have been much larger than expected.
In a list provided to MI6 by Kim Philby when he fled the country to Moscow in 1963, the spy claimed that he had encouraged the KGB to contact many of his contemporaries.
Names on the list of his recommendations to the group were fellow Cambridge students Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, as well as previously unidentified individuals such as two scientists, a journalist and the son of a Labor politician.
Appear on the list; scientists Denis Stott, a prominent child psychologist, and Wilfred Leslie Stevens, a statistician; Journalist Fred Pateman, reporter and editor for The Dailyworker, a communist newspaper; David Haden-Guest, the son of Labor MP Leslie Haden-Guest.
Although it is mentioned in the file, no further information is available to suggest whether those individuals have been successfully recruited by the KGB – all four men above probably died.
Philby also wrote in the file with the mention & # 39; Philby & # 39; s notes & # 39; that the decision to work for Russia according to information files if & # 39; join the army & # 39; used to be.
Kim Philby tried to justify his decision to spy on the enemy by comparing it to performing tasks as a soldier.
The files show how the then university student was recruited in the 1930s as one of the Cambridge spies.
The & # 39; self-proclaimed Russian intelligence agent & # 39; wrote about his recruitment: & # 39; None of the OGPU [Soviet secret police] officials I was dealing with ever tried to win my full acceptance of the party line.
& # 39; The only thing they needed was strict compliance with instructions at the technical level. In short, I joined the OGPU as someone joined the army. & # 39;
The file dates from 1963, the year Philby, a former MI6 officer, fled to Russia. He was the most damaging of the Cambridge spy ring and is believed to be responsible for hundreds of deaths.
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