Radio 4 presents a selection of programmes dedicated to secrets, spies and espionage
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Jeremy Duns examines leaked documents which suggest close links between MI6 and the British press during the Cold War.
In December 1968, the British media was shaken by a series of secret documents leaked to Soviet state newspapers. The documents claimed a range of key Fleet Street correspondents and news chiefs were working for the intelligence services. Further papers alleged close links between the BBC and MI6.
At the time, the documents were dismissed by the British media as forgeries, part of an escalating propaganda battle played out in the Russian press. In this edition of Document, Jeremy Duns uncovers evidence which suggests that the papers were genuine and examines how they might have found their way into Soviet hands.
Notorious spies George Blake and Kim Philby are among those under suspicion of having leaked the documents.
Jeremy Duns speaks to distinguished Sunday Times journalist Phillip Knightley, and historian of the intelligence services Professor Christopher Andrew.
Producer: Laurence Grissell.
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