Intelligence Espionage

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

By S. J. Hamrick

Among the extra sensational espionage situations of the chilly struggle 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 proof 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 id of Maclean as a Soviet agent within the spring of 1951. British intelligence knew some distance past 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 proof of a 1949–1950 British disinformation initiative utilizing Philby to misinform Moscow on Anglo-American retaliatory army power 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 blunder in Anglo-American intelligence history.

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In any case, was Donald Maclean. Since Venona’s Maclean intelligence was so tightly controlled, this single fragment, whether it traveled through FBI or CIA informants, could have originated only with MI5 or one of three senior Foreign Office diplomats privy to the general contents of the cable but not the text. Why would that intelligence have been leaked? The GOMMER cable was the source of the September 1955 White Paper assertion that Maclean didn’t become the principal suspect until mid-April or early May 1951, no earlier.

John Philby, an avaricious opportunist who might have become a Hindu if oil had first been found in the Pushtu rather than in King Saud’s Arabia. Philby was his father’s son even if he had no interest in excessive wealth except as it kept him in tobacco, whiskey, oysters occasionally, and a few necessities. Fame and Rufina Philby were the crutches that let him limp through those final years; celebrity was an addiction he couldn’t resist. He found it far more proof of his worth than the crippled, spavined, broken-down Communist nag he was obliged to mount and spur on, not to the bone yard or the glue factory where the old Marxist-Leninist cripple belonged, but to defend those final Cold War barricades then being torn down across Eastern Europe.

20 His comments weren’t totally off the mark if Philby’s conspicuous but perfunctory tributes to Moscow are ignored. But Greene’s review was dishonest. The literary essayist who could brilliantly penetrate the truths of Henry James’s Golden Bowl and Portrait of a Lady, novels of treachery, deception, and spiritual evil (and why Greene called his lesser novels “entertainments”), had no insight into his own. His tribute was an exercise in pious phrase-making. He was grinding his own pitiably morbid ax, writing as a propagandist for his Jacobite cause.

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