Cambridge Spies | How Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt and Cairncross were unmasked

The World at One | Andrew Boyle

Andrew Boyle, the Cambridge Spies and 'The Climate of Treason'.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 01 November 1979

DURATION | 7 minutes 8 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1979

Synopsis

Interviewed by Robin Day, author Andrew Boyle discusses his book 'The Climate of Treason', a look at five British traitors who were Russian spies. Though he refuses to identify two of the men because of legal concerns, Boyle explains some of the reasons why it took so long to unmask Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean.

Did you know?

During World War II, Andrew Boyle worked in Britain's military intelligence in the Far East. He came to write 'The Climate of Treason' after some disgruntled former MI5 colleagues of Anthony Blunt decided to expose his treachery because he continued to enjoy a privileged life in the UK. Boyle chose to use codenames for the previously unidentified spies, referring to Blunt as 'Maurice'.

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