Britain: Likely Story

BRITAIN Likely Story The spy who changed his plea

In the murky world of international espionage, the explanation offered in London's Old Bailey courtroom sounded plausible enough. Accused of passing North Atlantic Treaty Organization secrets to the Soviet Union from 1956 to 1961, Hugh Hambleton, 60, a Canadian university professor, asserted that he was actually operating as a double agent. The NATO papers he took had been doctored to mislead the Soviets, he said. Hambleton insisted that he was acting on the instructions of two control officers, a Frenchman and a Canadian, in an effort to infiltrate the KGB.

Hambleton did not stick...

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