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Archive on 4 - George Blake - The Confession 01-08-2009
Former Panorama reporter Tom Bower introduces the documentary he made in the late 1980s about double agent George Blake.
For 18 years, Blake served as a trusted and senior MI6 officer. But secretly, in 1952, he became a double agent, betraying MI6 operations and personnel to the KGB. Over the course of nine years, at a critical period of the Cold War, he destroyed most of MI6's activities in Eastern Europe. 'I don't know what I handed over', he admitted, 'because it was so much'.
From The Guardian
This week's Archive Hour – George Blake, The Confession (Radio 4) was as gripping as a John le Carré novel. Tom Bower revisited the astonishing interviews he obtained from the MI6 spy-turned-traitor shortly after the Berlin Wall came down, the only time Blake has ever spoken. Now in his late 80s, he's living in Moscow.
Bower pieced together the chronology of Blake's conversion to communism – a stirring tale. Interviewee after interviewee spoke of Blake's charm and intelligence, qualities easy to imagine as you listened to him. The turning point came in 1951, when he offered his services to the KGB. He was being held captive in North Korea along with several other British intelligence officers, had lost his religion and had been given only three books to read – among them Das Kapital. With time for reflection, he decided that "communism was an attempt to create the kingdom of God in this world. The communists were trying to do by action what the church had tried by prayer and precept. I came to the conclusion I was no longer fighting on the right side."
You betrayed hundreds of MI6 agents, said Bower. Yes, agreed Blake, "I surprised myself how well I could do it."
-- Camilla Redmond
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