Instead there was outrage, directed not at Philby or those who protected him, but at us.
More dreadful, it was Philby who ran covert operations against the Russians out of MI6.
Kim Philby might have told him so, if Philby ever told anyone the truth about anything.
We found it odd that senior officials who told us Philby was of no importance were alarmed when we persisted.
Several newspapers ran stories—not discouraged by official sources—that our life story of Philby was a Soviet plant.
It seems quite obvious from his own words that Snowden is a sort of post-ideological Philby.
Four years later in October 1955, a Labour MP asked in Parliament whether Philby was “the third man.”
It meant that for three years of the Cold War, Philby had been at the heart of Western intelligence operations.
It was Philby, it turned out, who alerted Maclean and Burgess that they should escape to the Soviet Union in 1951.
By this time, Philby seemed to have retired from diplomatic service.