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

Outlook | The 'Fifth Man'.

A KGB agent names the Cambridge spy ring's 'fifth man'.

CHANNEL | Unknown

FIRST BROADCAST | 18 October 1990

DURATION | 10 minutes 37 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1990

Synopsis

KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky and author Christopher Andrew discuss evidence supporting the theory that former British intelligence officer John Cairncross was the supposed 'fifth man' in the Cambridge spy ring. Gordievsky claims that he personally saw references to Cairncross in KGB files prior to his defection to the West. The report also sheds light on the disappearance of Swedish war hero Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished in 1947.

Did you know?

After Oleg Gordievsky's defection to the UK in 1984, over 30 officials were expelled from the Soviet embassy on suspicion of being active intelligence agents. Gordievsky's book, 'KGB: The Inside Story', co-written with Christopher Andrew, was published in 1990.

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