Michael Binyon

Binyon, Michael.

Presented chronologically.

1. "We Paid So Little Attention to Her." Times (London), 11 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

The British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, where Melita Norwood worked, has "knowledge of how to smelt and mix metals to produce the vital alloys needed for rocket-building, weapons manufacture and other strategic uses."

2. "Tracking Down the Magnificent Five." Times (London), 11 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Chronicles bouts of "spying mania" in the UK, from the Burgess and Maclean defections, to Kim Philby, to John Vassall, to George Blake, to the Portland spy ring (with the Krogers and Gordon Lonsdale), to Anthony Blunt, to John Cairncross.

3. "KGB Defector: I Fear for My Life." Times (London), 13 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Vasili Mitrokhin "is living in a closely guarded safe house, under a false name, with round-the-clock security." Mitrokhin said on 12 September 1999 "that he fears being murdered by Russian hitmen because of his treachery."

4. "Philby Shielded Hola from Investigation." Times (London), 14 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Raises the possibility that in 1949 Kim Philby, through his access to Venona material, "may have tipped off Melita Norwood ... that ... British Intelligence had an intercepted Russian message referring to her work."


Binyon, Michael. "US Was Main Target of Dirty Tricks." Times (London), 13 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"America was the top target for most KGB operations, but most were dirty tricks that were often as crude as they were farcical.... Among the more successful was an attempt to throw suspicion on the CIA for involvement in the assassination of President Kennedy, the allegation that Martin Luther King was in the pay of President Johnson and the assiduous cultivation of rumours that J. Edgar Hoover ... was a closet homosexual and cross-dresser. But there were also numerous attempts to smear American politicians, operations to stir up racial hatred by disseminating forged pamphlets denouncing black people as 'race monkeys' and attempts to recruit Zbigniew Brzezinski ... as a Soviet agent."

[Russia/Dis&Dec; UK/SpyCases/99/Fever]

Binyon, Michael, and Christopher Andrew. "Arms Buried Across Europe." Times (London), 13 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"Among the most sinister remnants of the Cold War are [Soviet] caches of arms, explosives and radio equipment buried all over North America, Western and Central Europe, Israel, Japan and other countries... [T]hese caches are decaying and unstable.... Records of the exact location of some .. have disappeared. Those discovered, using the directions recorded in the Mitrokhin file, have been carefully dug up. One, in Switzerland, was found to be so unstable that it exploded as soon as a powerful firehose was turned on it."


Binyon, Michael, and Richard Beeston. "Britain Expels Russians in Spy Tit- for-Tat." Times (London), 18 May 1996, 1.


Binyon, Michael, and Roland Watson. "'Stasi Agents' Risk Trial." Times (London), 20 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

According to officials, the British "security services are continuing to work on a number of cases that they have been investigating since 1994 and may still recommend prosecution" of Britons who were agents for the East German secret police.


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