Cambridge Spies | How Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt and Cairncross were unmasked
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 02 November 1981
DURATION | 21 minutes 51 seconds
In this report from a longer programme, Tom Mangold speaks to Leo Long, one of the men whom Anthony Blunt recruited into his Cambridge spy ring. Though he made a full statement to MI5 in 1964, Long's case was never presented for prosecution, which raises the question of whether other possible traitors were given free pardons and on whose authority they were granted. In the studio, David Dimbleby invites shadow Home Secretary Roy Hattersley to discuss the issues surrounding the case.
The 'Ring of Five' was first exposed by Anatoliy Golitsyn during his defection from the KGB in 1961. Golitsyn identified Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess and Kim Philby. Although Anthony Blunt confessed to being a spy in 1964, implicating 12 former associates (including Leo Long) in the process, his involvement in the spy ring wasn't made public until 1979. At this point, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, prompted by allegations from a journalist, confirmed that this had been known to MI5 for some time.
Two of our diplomats are missing!
British journalist returns from meeting Burgess and Maclean in Moscow.
A meeting with a spy.
The MP Tom Driberg remembers his friendship with Guy Burgess.
Donald Maclean writes a book on British foreign policy.
Andrew Boyle, the Cambridge Spies and 'The Climate of Treason'.
'A case of political conscience against loyalty to country.'
Margaret Thatcher exposes Anthony Blunt's treachery in Parliament.
Reflections on an era of betrayal.
More allegations surface of double agents within MI5.
Another Cambridge spy speaks out.
A portrait of an unlikely spy.
A KGB agent names the Cambridge spy ring's 'fifth man'.
The 'fifth man' from the Cambridge spy ring is named.
The network the KGB dubbed the 'Magnificent Five'.
A former head of MI5 investigates the Cambridge Spies.
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