Came the memoirs of a Soviet spy blunt

Came the memoirs of a Soviet spy bluntIn the UK, published the memoirs of one of the most famous Soviet intelligence agents Anthony blunt (operational alias Johnson). The memoirs were published 25 years after the death of the British.In his memoirs blunt explains the reasons for which became a Soviet agent and talks about his espionage activities. In memoirs, he called the decision to become an agent of Soviet intelligence in 1937, one of the major mistakes of his life, reports the BBC. According to blunt, he even thought of suicide.Anthony blunt was working on his memoirs from 1979 until his death in 1983. Those memories no one saw, except his lawyer, John Golding, who passed them in storage at the British library in a sealed container. To publication the manuscript was banned until 2009, when it will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the death of the scout.This delay in publication was due to the fact that it could lead to discredit public figures of the period of active espionage blunt, who intentionally or unintentionally helped Blunt. In addition, the publication could damage and other applicable then the British spies. To avoid scandals, revelations and persecution, it was decided to delay the publication for 30 years.In the manuscript the amount of 30 thousand printed characters is given a fascinating picture of the political attitudes prevailing among the students of Cambridge in the 1930-ies. According to blunt, the enthusiasm associated with any anti-fascist activity was so great in Cambridge that he made "the biggest mistake of his life". According to his confession, he was very naive in a political sense.Blunt describes his communication with another member of the "Cambridge five, guy Burgess. According to him, they were actively discussing Marxist ideas. Despite the fact that blunt and Burgess were homosexuals, on conviction blunt, sexual relations between them were not then, nor later, when they lived together during the Second world war in London.As he wrote in his memoirs blunt, his public denunciation in 1979 became for him a terrible shock. According to him, he decided not to kill myself because it would be a manifestation of cowardice. In addition, he had many books that he wrote on art, which he wanted to finish. Blunt was shocked that after the exposure received over 200 letters of support and only the negative half-dozen, The Guardian reports.Anthony blunt was exposed in 1979, when in the house of Commons of the British Parliament, said Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Note that blunt after the exposure has never been persecuted. However, immediately after public reports of espionage blunt was stripped of his knighthood and was fired from his post of curator of the private collection of paintings of Queen Elizabeth II.As it turned out, another 15 years before the revelations of the British intelligence services had information about the espionage activities of the blunt. According to Thatcher, in 1964 sir Anthony blunt in exchange for immunity from justice admitted that he worked for the NKVD.The promulgation of these revealing information prevented a difficult situation then following a series of scandals in British intelligence, MI-5, where he served as blunt. There were other reasons for the public disclosure of blunt - the mother of Anthony blunt had a second cousin of Earl of Strathmore, grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II.Because the immunity agreement continued to operate, blunt not suffered persecution and continued to do research until his death, writes Wikipedia.Note that blunt himself in an article published in 1973, described occurring several years before the recruitment at Cambridge University, where he studied: "in the Autumn of 1933 Cambridge suddenly turned in the power of Marxist ideas. I remember when it happened, because in the fall semester was free from the lectures and was on leave, and when in January 1934 he returned, he discovered that almost all of my younger friends became a Marxist and joined the party. Cambridge was transformed literally overnight".Anthony blunt was the son of a vicar in 1907 in a noble family. In 1926 blunt enrolled in Trinity College at Cambridge University. Despite the brilliant successes in school, in 1929, he had to leave University because of his father's death. In 30-ies he went back to school.Blunt was recruited in 1937 a Soviet intelligence agent Arnold Deutsch. He was part of the so-called Cambridge five. Except Anthony blunt it included Kim Philby (operational alias Stanley, held high positions in the SIS, MI5 and MI6), Donald Maclean (nickname Homer, worked in the British Foreign office), guy Burgess (Hicks, served in military intelligence and the Foreign Ministry). Opinions about the fifth member of the "magnificent five" apart, the most likely candidate called John Cairncross (also worked in the Foreign Ministry and military intelligence).In 1939, Anthony blunt enlisted in the British counterspionage MI-5. In the autumn of 1940 blunt becomes the assistant to one of the heads of British intelligence Brigadier Allen, who was involved in the security problems of the army and military industry. During the Second world war, he participated in the landing of British troops in France. For his heroism he received the Legion of Honor.In 1945, became an adviser to king George VI. In 1956, blunt became a commander of the Victorian order and received the knighthood title. According to some, blunt passed to Soviet intelligence only political information that comes with ties to the government. He passed information which would be damaging to the Royal family.After the exposure of the "Cambridge five" none of the members of the spy network was not punished. Philby, Maclean and Burgess fled to the USSR, Cairncross and blunt remained in the UK. Source: Came the memoirs of a Soviet spy blunt.



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