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TRIPLEX: Secrets from the Cambridge Spies

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TRIPLEX reveals more clearly than ever before the precise nature and extent of the damage done to the much-vaunted British intelligence establishment during World War II by the notorious “Cambridge Five” spy ring—Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross. The code word TRIPLEX refers to an exceptionally sensitive intelligence source, one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war, which appears nowhere in any of the British government’s official histories. TRIPLEX was ...

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Overview

TRIPLEX reveals more clearly than ever before the precise nature and extent of the damage done to the much-vaunted British intelligence establishment during World War II by the notorious “Cambridge Five” spy ring—Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross. The code word TRIPLEX refers to an exceptionally sensitive intelligence source, one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war, which appears nowhere in any of the British government’s official histories. TRIPLEX was material extracted illicitly from the diplomatic pouches of neutral missions in wartime London. MI5, the British Security Service, entrusted the job of overseeing the highly secret assignment to Anthony Blunt, who was already working for the NKVD, Stalin’s intelligence service. The rest is history, documented here for the first time in rich detail.

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Editorial Reviews

David Murphy
TRIPLEX is the first complete report on the Cambridge Five that gives the reader the opportunity to judge the extent of the damage done to the British service concerned. It will be greeted with enthusiasm by specialists in intelligence history.”—David Murphy, former CIA Berlin chief, former chief of Soviet operations at CIA headquarters in the United States, and author of What Stalin Knew
Library Journal
The recruitment of upper-crust young Englishmen (the "Cambridge Spy Ring") and their subsequent penetration of British intelligence is perhaps the best-known espionage feat of the Soviets against the United Kingdom, with five agents operating at the heart of Whitehall. As a companion to their previous collaboration, The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB Archives, West and Tsarev, a retired KGB officer, here collect the reports sent to Moscow during World War II, later retrieved from the Russian archives. The bulk of these were sent by former journalist Kim Philby, the most skilled of the bunch. There are interesting details about British contacts in foreign embassies, the organization of the Secret Intelligence Service, and London's valid concerns with extensive Soviet espionage in the U.K. While the outlines of many events are well known, here one can find documentary evidence of the betrayals that led to loss of life and the frustration of British efforts to spy on the USSR. There is a list of abbreviations but no bibliography, chronology, or photographs. VERDICT Of interest to specialists and for historical espionage collections in academic libraries and ideally to be read in conjunction with The Crown Jewels. (Index not seen.)—Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300123470
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel West is a renowned British historian of military intelligence and has written more than 25 related books. Oleg Tsarev is a retired KGB officer who has co-written a number of books on wartime espionage and intelligence.

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Table of Contents

Note on the Translation

List of Abbreviations

Pt. I Anthony Blunt's MI[subscript 5] Documents 5

1 The Swedish Naval Attache 5

2 Japanese Suspects, October 1941 9

3 Neutral Attaches in London, September 1943 11

4 Diplomatic Missions in London 14

5 MI[subscript 5]'s History 26

Pt. II Kim Philby's SIS Documents 104

6 Colonel Vivian's Briefing, 1943 104

7 ISOS, March 1943 108

8 Breaking Soviet Ciphers 111

9 SIS Sources for Strategic Appreciations 111

10 C's Directive, September 1944 113

11 Report from Philby, December 1944 114

12 Philby's Memo to C, November 1944 115

13 Section IX Personnel 116

14 Commander Dunderdale's SLC, July 1945 118

15 Memo on Penetrating Russia 120

16 Colonel Vivian's Reply to the Memo 129

17 SIS Symbols, 23 July 1947 131

18 SIS Internal Country Codes Used Up to the Second Half of 1946 132

19 Report on SIS Reorganisation,July 1945 134

20 Colonel Vivian's Memo, September 1944 138

21 The XK Problem in SIS, 6 September 1944 141

22 Report on the Mediterranean Inspection, August 1944 145

23 Report on the Western Mediterranean Inspection, August 1944 158

24 The Structure of SIS 165

25 The Reorganisation of SIS 169

26 Telegrams from SIS's Moscow Station, July 1942 170

27 SIS Plans for Anti-Soviet Operations, June 1944 173

28 Blueprint for SIS's Post-War Organisation 175

29 Symbols of SIS's Senior Personnel 182

30 SIS's Internal Structure, March 1946 183

Pt. III John Cairncross's Documents 189

31 Lord Hankey's Inquiry into SIS and MI5, 1940 190

32 Message from EDWARD, 29 November 1944 233

33 Philby's Letter to Peter Loxley, September 1944, with the Curry Memorandum on Soviet Espionage 233

34 PeterLoxley's Letter to Colonel Vivian, November 1944 248

Pt. IV NKVD Reports 250

35 Confession of the SIS Agent Aleksandr S. Nelidov 251

36 British Deception Schemes, May 1944 273

37 MI[subscript 5] Surveillance of Foreign Diplomatic Missions 298

38 MI[subscript 5]'S Targeting of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in London 315

39 Elena Modrzhinskaya's Report, April 1943 317

40 Dossier on Harold Gibson, September 1949 335

Index 345

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