Cambridge Spies | How Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt and Cairncross were unmasked
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 31 October 1990
DURATION | 13 minutes 50 seconds
Former KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky has identified the near-legendary 'fifth man' in the Cambridge spy ring as John Cairncross (pictured), a British intelligence officer during World War II. Though Cairncross is unavailable for comment, Gordievsky claims to have damning evidence that, along with Philby, Blunt, Burgess and Maclean, he passed secrets to the KGB for many years.
In his autobiography, 'The Enigma Spy', published in 1997 (two years after his death), John Cairncross denied both that he was the supposed 'fifth man' and that such a person had ever existed. Critics at the time viewed this book as a last attempt to clear his name, though few appear to have been convinced.
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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