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W A5 q STING, 204K'1 Approved For Release 2006/01/30 : CIA-RDP70B00338R000300220042-5 Top British Intelligence Aide Bared as Red Spy 34 Years rigorous check-up after the disclosure that a former top intelligence official and Britain's top link with the U.S. Central Intelligence. Agency, had been a Russian spy for 34 years. John Philby told radio and television audiences that his father, Harold (Kim) Philby, who vanished from Beirut four years ago while working as a newspaper correspondent, told him recently in Moscow he had been a spy for the Russians since 1933. It was reported that Kim Philby, now 55, had been re- cruited by Soviet intelligence only a few months after he left Cambridge University. He later became a senior officer in British intelligence and was slated to become head of M16 before he was fired. Informed sources said that working for the British Foreign service and he tipped them off that they had been discovered. Btxgess and Maclean defected in 1951. Maclean still lives in Moscow. Burgess died there. for the Russians for 30 years without receiving anything for it. There was only one conclu- sion you could draw - that he did it for ideological reasons." Philby said his father is now working in Moscow as a journal- ist and is "free for the first time in 34 years to think and speak freely and being rewarded excellently for those many years' service to communism." "I am absolutely convinced - and it is obvious - that he is a Communist and has served the, communism of Soviet Russia for 34 years, ever since he left Cambridge in 1933. "Although I do not disapprove of. what he has done, I know he did not enjoy abusing his posi- tion or his friendships as a spy. "When I saw him in Moscow, he was being treated excellent- ly, as one would expect to be treated for that service, a very important person, a VIP." Marcus Lipton, the Labor and Donald Maclean as Soviet member of Parliament who in agents in 1938 while they were, Philby 'visited his father in, 1955. named Philby as the "third Lipton saidliat former Rrit ishh Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, who was foreign secretary at the time Lipton named Philby as the "third man," got up in the House of Commons and gave Kim Philby the warmest of testimoniails. "Philby had access to the very highest secret intelligence," Lipton said. "He was in close touch with the CIA in America. No wonder the Americans were fed up to the back teeth when it was discovered he was the third man." It was reported that Philby, who is now employed by the Soviet feature agency Novosti, may be working on the new English language digest magaz- ine Sputnik, which is due to appear in Britain later this year. Approved For Release 2006/01/30 CIA-RDP70BOO338R00030022^.G42?-5 Moscow recently. "I admire him very much," Philby said. "For what he did could not have been easy-and he did it very well. He worked man" in the Burgess and Ma- clean affair, said last night, "There must be many red faces in the Foreign Office and in our security services now ... It took the Foreign Office eight years to discover t . , They and~t a Secret rvice behaved wlPiAw e stupidi-