UNITED KINGDOM

Spy Cases

Spy Fever Strikes UK

20 September 1999

BBC. "I Regret Nothing, Says Stasi Spy." 20 Sep. 1999. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Vic Allen, a former leading member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) who has been named as spy for the East German Stasi, told BBC Two's "The Spying Game" that "he had 'no regrets'" over his actions. Allen "said he did pass on information about CND's activities. But he said he considered that perfectly legitimate because he belonged to a pro-Soviet, pro-East German faction of the group."

Berger, Sebastien, and Polly Newton. "Widdecombe Pushes Straw for Statement." Telegraph (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"As the number of former spies being exposed continued to mount" on 19 September 1999, shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe "renewed her call for a statement from [Home Secretary] Jack Straw on the disclosures."

Binyon, Michael, and Roland Watson. "'Stasi Agents' Risk Trial." Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

According to officials, the British "security services are continuing to work on a number of cases that they have been investigating since 1994 and may still recommend prosecution" of Britons who were agents for the East German secret police.

Born, Matt. "Targeting Hearts and Minds." Telegraph (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http:// www.telegraph.co.uk]

BBC2's "The Spying Game," broadcast on 19 September 1999, identified the agent codenamed "Diana" in the Stasi files as Fiona Houlding.

Boyes, Roger. "Hard Lessons in School for Spies: Students Were Easy Prey for the Stasi." Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"Leipzig was the second-largest city in East Germany, the second-most important university and one of the most rewarding [recruiting] stations for Stasi agents."

Gillan, Audrey. "Ex-Editor Dismisses Spy Claims." The Guardian (UK), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://reports.guardian.co.uk]

On 19 September 1999, Dick Clements, former editor of the Tribune, named as "Dan," a KGB agent of influence, in the Mitrokhin papers, "dismissed the claims as 'nonsense' and as part of a 'feeding frenzy.'"

Hoge, Warren. "New Spy Accusations Captivate the British Press." New York Times, 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A BBC documentary broadcast on 19 September 1999 named four more Britons "as suspected Communist agents, bringing the number of people recently accused of having been Cold War informers to eight and prompting calls on the government to clarify why there had been no prosecutions and whether British security had been undermined."

The Independent (UK). "'A Colleague Told the Stasi I Was Linked to British Secret Service.'" 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.independent.co.uk]

"Professor David Childs was shocked when shown [in 1992] the bulky file on him compiled by the East German security service.... There he saw proof that another British academic had reported to East German controllers on his activities."

See David Childs and Richard Popplewell, The Stasi: The East German Intelligence and Security Service (New York: New York University Press, 1996) (London: Macmillan, 1996).

The Independent (UK). "An Epidemic of Red Spy Fever: But Have These Spooks and Sneaks Really Damaged Britain?" 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.independent.co.uk]

"When the dust settles some questions will be asked: Does it all matter? Did it tell us something we didn't know? The answer in broad terms is 'no.'"

The Independent (UK). "How the CIA Stole East German Files." 20 Sep. 1999. [http:// www.independent.co.uk]

"The unmasking of British spies and 'agents of influence' was made possible by a remarkable CIA coup -- the stealing of the secret archive of agent files of the East German spy service. In the thousands of files the Americans discovered the names of dozens of spies in the West who had worked for the East German secret service... The American coup is seen to be on a par with MI6's brilliant operation to spirit Colonel Vasili Mitrokhin and his archive out of Russia in 1992."

McElvoy, Anne. "The Day that the Stasi Attempted to Recruit Me." The Independent (UK), 20 Sep. 1999. [http:// www.independent.co.uk]

The author [see Markus Wolf, with Anne McElvoy, Man Without a Face (1997)] relates an incident in 1986. She also expresses unhappiness over the manner in which the Mitrokhin materials were released: The services "have allowed a precedent to emerge in which copyright of intelligence material is given away solely at the discretion of the secret services, to the profit of individuals."

Newton, Polly. "Agent Lecturer Travelled on Stasi False Passport." Telegraph (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

According to BBC2's "The Spying Game," broadcast on 19 September 1999, Hull University lecturer Robin Pearson "had a false passport, gave the East Germans information on Solidarity members in Poland and tried to set up an exchange scheme for student agents to be recruited."

O'Leary, John. "Campuses Were Fertile Ground for Recruiters." Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"Communist intelligence services saw British universities as among their most fertile recruiting grounds.... A combination of idealism and intelligence made both students and academics obvious targets for spymasters. Opportunity was the crucial third ingredient, the international nature of higher education making it easy for contacts to be made and political allegiances to be established without arousing suspicion."

Rumbelow, Helen, and Paul Wilkinson. "Spies in CND 'Waste of Money for Stasi.'" Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Vic Allen, "[t]he Stasi agent on the executive of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament[,] had too little influence to be of service to his contacts in East Germany, Joan Ruddock, former CND chairman, said" on 19 September 1999.

Steiner, Susie, and Tracy Connor. "Academic Spied on German Writer." Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

British academic Gwyneth Edwards, who is named in Stasi files as an agent, was accused on 19 September 1999 "of providing information on" Joachim Walther, "one of East Germany's most eminent writers when he visited her university in the Midlands." Her actions "may have led to ... Walther losing his permission to travel in 1983."

Steiner, Susie, and Tracy Connor. "Handlers Scuppered Spy's Love Affair." Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

According to the BBC on 19 September 1999, Hull University professor of economics Robin Pearson "was considered such an important agent that his East German handlers sabotaged a love affair they thought would keep him from returning [fromLeipzig] to England."

Times (London). "[Leading Article:] Well Schooled Spies." 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www. the-times.co.uk]

"Higher education is not always matched by common sense."

Wilkinson, Paul. "Agents 'Good At Keeping Their Heads Down.'" Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

On alleged Stasi agents Vic Allen and Robin Pearson.

 

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