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September 30, 1967
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0 0 Approved For Release 2W AR)r c CPYRGHT SE? 0 LONDON (UPI) - Britain's secret Service today faced a rigorous check-up- after tre 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,. 1 who vanished from Beirut four iyears 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, iiad been re- cruited by Soviet intelligence only a few months after he left Cambridge University. 11c later became a senior officier in British intelligence and was slated to become head of MI6 before he was fired. Informed sources said trat Philby recruited Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean as Soviet agents in 1933 while they were ,working for the British Foreign service Land she tipped them off that they had been discovered. Burgess and Maclean defected in 1951. Maclean still lives in Moscow. Burgess died there. N Q.T. DP75-00149R0006003 - W~ rL LCD R 2' kt.v Philby visited his father Moscow recently. 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 ras served the communism of Soviet Russia for 34 years, ever, since be, left Cambridge in 1033. "although I do not disapprove of what he has done, I know he. did not enjoy abusing his posi- tion or ris 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 member of Parliament who in 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 that I was right ... .They and the Secret Service behaved with incredible stupidi- ty in roing to all lengths to clear him." Lipton said that former Brit- ish 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 testimonials. "Philby had access to hte 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. "I admire him very much," Philby said. "For what he did could not have been easy-and it very well. He worked Approved or Release - - - O