Magazine article Insight on the News

Cold War Spies Unmasked by Insight May Face Prosecution

Magazine article Insight on the News

Cold War Spies Unmasked by Insight May Face Prosecution

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British authorities are reconsidering prosecuting five Britons who spied for communist countries during the Cold War. The identities of the five, one of whom is a British academic who recently was unmasked as a spy by Insight, were known for some time to British security agencies but intelligence chiefs elected neither to bring charges nor to inform their political masters about the cases.

A public clamor has arisen in Britain for the five to be prosecuted since their public unmasking, and Interior Secretary Jack Straw acknowledged in late October that he is studying all five cases to see if charges should be leveled. He named only former Soviet spy Melita Norwood, the 87-year-old grandmother who passed atomic secrets to the KGB in the 1950s. Her identity was revealed in a book cowritten by Cambridge University historian Christopher Andrew and former KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin. But sources in London tell news alert! that Robin Pearson, the director of postgraduate studies at Hull University, is among the cases being reconsidered by Straw.

In September, Insight and the British Broadcasting Corp. jointly unmasked Pearson as a longtime spy for Stasi, the former East German foreign espionage service. …

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