Deceiving the Deceivers: Kim Philby, Donald Maclean and Guy by S. J. Hamrick

By S. J. Hamrick

Among the extra sensational espionage circumstances of the chilly warfare have been these of Moscow’s 3 British spies—Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, and man Burgess. during this riveting publication, S. J. Hamrick attracts on documentary facts hid for nearly part a century in reconstructing the advanced sequence of 1947–1951 occasions that led British intelligence to spot all 3 as Soviet agents.

Basing his argument totally on the Venona archive of damaged Soviet codes published in 1995–1996 in addition to on complementary Moscow and London resources, Hamrick refutes the parable of MI5’s identity of Maclean as a Soviet agent within the spring of 1951. British intelligence knew a ways previous that Maclean used to be Moscow’s agent and hid that wisdom in a 1949–1951 counterespionage operation that deceived Philby and Burgess. Hamrick additionally introduces compelling facts of a 1949–1950 British disinformation initiative utilizing Philby to deceive Moscow on Anglo-American retaliatory army potential within the occasion of Soviet aggression in Western Europe.

Engagingly written and impressively documented, Deceiving the Deceivers breaks new floor in reinterpreting the ultimate espionage years of 3 notorious spies and in clarifying fifty years of conjecture, confusion, and mistake in Anglo-American intelligence history.

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18 But Washington had added the last gilded laurel to his fame and what did his 30 CHAPTER TWO young KGB audience know? Nothing except his heroic legend, and that when compared with America, Moscow’s prime enemy, England was very small beer. During that last decade Philby had been rejuvenated and reclaimed. The falling-down drunk was now a man of eminence. He received more foreign visitors, granted more interviews, and became more expansive. In 1988 in Moscow, when Phillip Knightley questioned the value of his 1963–1966 KGB debriefing twelve years after his contacts with the CIA—a reasonable point by the way—Philby was provoked: “Nonsense,” he scoffed.

Mixed in the melee, however, was privileged information passed to the FBI or the CIA by MI5 officers. Although several of Martin’s facts, like those of Seale and McConville, were muddled or wrong in some detail, misleading or mischievous in others, they were near the mark in two instances: the so-called Churchill cables that launched the MI5 investigation, which the FBI’s Robert Lamphere could have provided Martin, and the Venona cable citing HOMER’s visit to his pregnant wife in New York. ” In this single instance, a Soviet code clerk introduced the GOMMER GOMMER variant.

Miami, New York, Los Angeles, or Tucson would have been more seductive (for all the wrong reasons) and the CIA, not the KGB, would have been the foreign recruit’s employment agency. The irony is that Andropov’s promise of material rewards was responsible for the KGB’s most significant success in recruiting American agents like the navy’s John Walker in 1967 and the CIA’s own Aldrich Ames in 1984. Both were walkins, both venal volunteers, both cash-and-carry operatives; both were misfits and both were paid substantial sums of money.

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