Sir Roger Hollis: A Mole in MI5?

Charges of Soviet spying

The question was almost unthinkable. Sixteen months ago, as Britain rocked with revelations that Sir Anthony Blunt, the Queen's own art curator, had been a Soviet agent, Writer Chapman Pincher, dean of Fleet Street's spy watchers, pondered in the Daily Express: "Was M15 Chief Hollis linked with the KGB?" Nobody pressed for an answer, and no wonder. Sir Roger Hollis had spent nine cold-war years as D.G., or director general of M15, Britain's counterintelligence service, a civil servant so umbrous that his name was never publicly mentioned. After his retirement in 1965 Hollis led a pastoral life of...

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