BRITAIN: Tinker, Tailor, Curator, Spy

Knighted art historian is exposed as a Soviet agent

For 15 years he had kept his guilty secret, with the help of successive British governments and possibly even Queen Elizabeth II. But early this month a new book by Journalist Andrew Boyle, The Climate of Treason, claimed that there had been a "fourth man" in the Burgess-Maclean-Philby spy ring of the 1940s and early 1950s. Boyle, who apparently drew heavily on sources formerly in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, even hinted broadly at his name, prompting questions from Labor members in Parliament. Last...

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