As much as I detest the person that leads my country, presently, I would never use the kind of vile assertions against him (when he was ill) that have been hammered out on various keyboards and eventually landing in this forum.
PHILBY, BURGESS, MACLEAN SPY CASE FBI FILES
In 1951, Allied counterintelligence began to suspect Maclean was a mole. Philby got wind of this and warned Maclean, through Burgess. Both Burgess and Maclean immediately fled to Moscow. Philby had saved his friends, but his close association with them brought suspicion upon himself.
Cryptanalyst who broke the Soviet Venona code,For the entirety of his professional life, he was unknown to all but a handful of Americans and Britons (and sadly Soviets) at the heart of their respective intelligence establishments. But Meredith Gardner was in large part responsible for one of the greatest US successes of the Cold War.
Harold Adrian Russell Philby: Philby was also known as Kim, after the character in Kipling's jungle story Kim. He had been described as ingratiatingly smooth. In fact, like a chameleon he could be whatever the occasion demanded. The most intelligent of the four, Philby possessed incredible instinct as a spy. In his autobiography he had said that he was recruited by the NKVD (later KGB), and in turn he recruited Burgess and Maclean. Of course, the difficulty with Philby is that he cannot always be believed, and some have raised doubts about his recruitment and his recruiting. However, all four of them certainly knew each other well at Cambridge.
Philby's father, St. John Philby was at some point of his life a British spy, and diplomat. He had been critical of the British government, and extremely eccentric in nature. Kim saw very little of his father during his youth, but greatly admired him. A hyperactive heterosexual, Philby married four times, with several mistresses between each marriage. Both of his second and third wife were seduced by Philby while married to others, and left their husbands to marry Philby. After about a 23 year career, Philby defected to Russia in 1963. Since then, he continued to work for the KGB, as an instructor of agents almost till his death in 1988.
pages of files copied from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and archived on CD-ROM covering the Philby, Burgess and MacLean Cambridge University spy ring. Guy Burgess and Donald MacLean were British diplomats who disappeared in 1951 and surfaced in Moscow in 1956. There was speculation that Harold "Kim" Philby, head of the Soviet section of the British Secret Intelligence Service, was the "third man" who alerted them before they could be arrested for espionage.
Last edited by megimoo; 06-03-2008 at 10:38 AM.
Thanks. I've heard of Philby, but not really the others.
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