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

Panorama | How Many More Skeletons

Another Cambridge spy speaks out.

CHANNEL | BBC 1

FIRST BROADCAST | 02 November 1981

DURATION | 21 minutes 51 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1981

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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.

Contributors

Presenter
Tom Mangold
Reporter
Roy Hattersley
Contributor
Leo Long
Contributor
Subject of programme
Tom Bower
Producer
George Carey
Series Editor

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