Spy Cases

Gordon Lonsdale [Konon Molody]

Included here:

1. Lonsdale

2. Portland Spy Case

1. Lonsdale

Lonsdale, Gordon [Konon Molody]. Spy: Memoirs of Gordon Lonsdale. London: Spearman, 1965. London: Mayflower-Dell, 1965. [pb] Spy: Twenty Years in Soviet Secret Service. New York: Hawthorne Books, 1965.

2. Portland Spy Case

The Portland spy case involved a spy ring run by Soviet illegal Gordon Lonsdale (Konon Molody). The ring was supported by Peter and Helen Kroger (Morris and Lona Cohen, who had earlier been part of the Rosenberg spy ring). The number of agents in the ring is not known, but two of them (Harry Houghton and his mistress, Ethel Gee) were tried, found guilty of espionage, and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1961. The Cohens were sentenced to 20 years in prison, but were exchanged in 1969 for several British citizens being held by the Soviet Union.

Bulloch, John, and Henry Miller. Spy Ring: The Full Story of the Naval Secrets Case. London: Secker & Warburg, 1961.

Clarke, Comer. The War Within. London: World Distributors, 1961.

Pforzheimer, Studies 6.2 (Spring 1962), identifies this as an "account of the Soviet espionage net headed by Gordon Lonsdale."

Houghton, Harry F. Operation Portland: The Autobiography of a Spy. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1972.

Constantinides: Houghton's version of the Portland naval secret case "is utterly unsatisfactory." The convicted spy "is less than frank" and many of his stories are "unreliable or products of self-deception and a vivid imagination."


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