George Blake exemplified the desolation, waste and treachery of the cold war | Stephen Dorril

The intelligence officer turned KGB agent who has died at 98 never belonged to Kim Philby’s elite traitors’ club

The death of the former senior MI6 officer George Blake brings to a close a cold war chapter of betrayal and treachery inside the intelligence service. The life, career and activities of his fellow officer and traitor Kim Philby are well known and endlessly pored over. In recent years, Blake’s treason has been subject to the same process but in less detail, partly because his status is perhaps less exalted than Philby’s.

Why is that?

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