To be fair, despite all the attention surrounding the document’s release, a lot of the big names in that list belong to Westerners already exposed as having ties to the KGB.
Among them, Robert Lipka — an NSA employee paid $27,000 for supplying information to the Soviets in the 1960s. (Via FBI)
Then, there's Philip Agee — he's the ex-CIA officer who turned against the agency and published a long list of American spies. According to the new documents, he used material given to him by the KGB. (Via Bert Verhoeff / Anefo / CC BY-SA 3.0)
We do have new details on Melita Norwood — the so-called "Grandmother Spy" — who was the KGB's longest-serving British agent. According to The Guardian, the documents reveal she "passed on a lot of valuable materials for nuclear energy which she accessed by removing them from her boss's safe, photographing them and then placing them back."
Other deep cover spies were less reliable. The notorious Cambridge Five were British spies recruited while studying at Cambridge University. The KGB worried they were constantly drunk and at risk of blowing their cover. (Via The Telegraph)
Then again, what's a spy without a martini in hand? (Via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Casino Royale)
"They come and recruit our best minds as spies and throw it back in our face saying they are drunk. James Bond — massive alcohol dependency — but that didn't stop him in his job." (Via Sky News)
Before he died in 2004, Mitrokhin had asked for his files to be made public. After a vetting process, thousands were translated and released to researchers by the Churchill Archives at Cambridge University.
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