Tuesday, October 06, 2009

CI Centre Podcasts

There are some interesting podcast interviews, related to espionage, on the website of the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre). The first one is a talk with CI Centre President David Major about the unmasking of MI6 officer George Blake, the KGB mole and who revealed the Berlin tunnel SIGINT operation to the Soviets. Michael Goleniewski, a Russian Spy in Poland, passed information to the CIA which lead to the surveillance of KGB spy handler Konon Molody, aka Gordon Lonsdale. This resulted in the arrest of the Portland spy ring. Goleniewski also revealed that a mole was operating in the MI6, British foreign Intelligence. Further investigation by MI5 lead to George Blake (photo), who knew about the Berlin tunnel from the earliest beginning of the planning. The David Major talk is available as part 1 and part 2.

The second podcast is an interview with former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin about Kim Philby, one of the most notorious spies ever. Philby (photo), headed the Soviet counter-espionage section of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service and, at the same time, was a successful Soviet agent, causing devastating damage to Western Intelligence. After the defection of KGB agent Golitsyn his treason was exposed and Philby fled to the Soviet Union. After being received as an hero, he settled in Moscow and received a pension. Without any goals or challenges in his life, Philby started drinking heavily. Oleg Kalugin was put on his case and reintroduced him in the KGB, asked his help on some cases, and let him give lectures, which gave a Philby new goals in his life. The Kalugin interview is available at this podcast link.

These podcasts are available on the CI Centre Podcast page, where you can find many other fascinating talks and interview. More info on my weblog about the Berlin tunnel and KGB Geneneral Kalugin, and further readings on Philby on my Book Review.

And here are two videos from the Cold War Spies series about and with George Blake and Kim Philby.

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