News - Anthony Blunt Spy Case

Richard Whitmore, Christopher Morris and Peter Hill report on the fallout following Blunt's statement to the press that he did pass information to the USSR during World War II. Blunt is unforthcoming with the details and leaves many questions unanswered, such as what was the mysterious event that happened in 1964?

Michael Straight was an American whose family founded the New Republic magazine, and who studied at Cambridge at the same time as Blunt and Burgess. Blunt recruited him to the Communist Party, but Straight later claimed to have left it in 1941. In 1964, Straight admitted to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that he had been recruited to Soviet intelligence and said he was prepared to testify against Blunt. Blunt then confessed in return for immunity from prosecution.

↗ Originally broadcast 20 November 1979.

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