Spy Cases

Melita Norwood

Melita Norwood's activities as a Soviet spy first came to public attention in September 1999, with the publication of Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West (London: Allen Lane/Penguin Press, 1999). Click for some of the extensive reportage during the UK/s "spy fever" in September 1999.

Burke, David. The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage. London: Boydell and Brewster, 2008.

According to Chris Hastings, "British Spy Melita Norwood Helped Speed Up USSR's Atomic Bomb Programme," Telegraph (London), 3 Sep. 2008, the author was a friend who interviewed Melita Norwood "extensively in the years leading up to her death in 2005." Burke claims that "Norwood ... handed over technical information which provided Russian scientists with a crucial breakthrough. Her contribution allowed them to overcome problems,... and led directly to the USSR exploding its bomb in 1949." Peake, Studies 53.3 (Sep. 2009) and Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), says that this story "is at once peculiarly fascinating and well told."

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