Spy Cases

Spy Fever Strikes UK

21-24 September 1999

& Follow-on Reporting


21 September 1999

Rumbelow, Helen. "Kinnock Defends Ex-Aide in Spy Claim." Times (London), 21 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Former Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock, in a letter published in The Guardian on 21 September 1999, describes the accusation that a former key aide, Dick Clements, had been a KGB spy as "inventiveness."

Sapsted, David. "Lecturer Should Face Spy Charges, Says Stasi Victim." Telegraph (London), 21 Sep. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

British nuclear physicist David Gosling, "who was targeted by East Germany's secret police for 20 years and drugged during a robbery by communist agents in Warsaw demanded [on 20 September 1999] that action be taken against Dr Robin Pearson, the Hull University lecturer unmasked at the weekend as a Stasi operative."

22 September 1999

Norton-Taylor, Richard. "Spy Chief Dismisses Importance of Britons in Stasi Files." The Guardian, 22 Sep. 1999. [http://reports.guardian.co.uk]

In a radio interview with the BBC on 21 September 1999, East Germany's former spymaster Marcus Wolf "said that British students and academics recently named as having allegedly worked for the Stasi ... could not have played an important intelligence role, because he had never heard of them."

24 September 1999

Dettmer, Jamie.

1. "Stasi Code Names in the U.S." Insight 15, no. 38 (24 Sep. 1999).

"Insight has unearthed the code names of Americans run by just one Stasi branch, the Leipzig-based Department XV. That department alone oversaw the spying of nine American moles in the mid- to late-1980s.... FBI sources say they have under active investigation a number of former East German and Russian spies. The Stasi files secured during the Insight/BBC investigation suggest there could be as many as 70. The FBI didn't discount this number."

2. "Stasi Recruits." Insight 15, no. 38 (24 Sep. 1999).

"A 15-month probe by Insight and the BBC uncovers a secret stash of East German intelligence documents detailing the recruitment of U.S. and U.K. agents....

"[F]or Communist spymasters,... [student exchange] programs had one use only: They served as a rich source for recruiting American and British students as long-term penetration agents who could be groomed to work their way into government jobs in their own countries -- or into other influential spots in journalism, business, higher education (including scientific and technical studies) or the military....

"Longtime HVA [Hauptverwaltung Aufklarung] head [Marcus] Wolf has acknowledged in an interview with Insight/BBC that his organization made strenuous efforts to recruit ... foreign students and academics and that Americans especially were important."

8 February 2000

O'Leary, John. "'Stasi Agent' Lecturer Will Keep His Job." Times (London), 8 Feb. 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Hull University economic historian Robin Pearson, accused in a BBC documentary of passing students' names to the East German secret police while a Stasi agent for 12 years, "is to keep his job, but he has been suspended from teaching until the summer of 2001."

9 April 2000

Black, Eben. "MI5 Under Fire on 'Granny Spy.'" Sunday Times (London), 9 Apr. 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

The parliamentary security and intelligence committee, which oversees the British security services, "has criticised MI5 for taking a unilateral decision not to prosecute Melita Norwood."

Cracknell, David. "MI5 'Usurped' Ministers in Spy Scandal." Telegraph (London), 9 Apr. 2000. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"The parliamentary committee that oversees Britain's intelligence and security services has strongly criticised MI5 for 'usurping' the role of ministers in deciding not to prosecute Melita Norwood."

14 June 2000

Evans, Michael. "MI5 Failed to Warn on KGB." Times (London), 14 Jun. 2000. [http:// www.the-times.co.uk]

A report by the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee takes MI5 "to task for failing to seek the advice of the government law officers before deciding against investigating" Melita Norwood, the KGB spy exposed last year.

26 November 2000

Grey, Stephen, and John Goetz. "MI5 Poised to Seize East German Spies in Britain." Sunday Times (London), 26 Nov. 2000. [http://www.sunday-times.co.uk]

Following an investigation into penetration of Whitehall, government research agencies, and the British armed forces by the East German state security service (Stasi), "MI5 has given government law officers the names of up to 10 suspected spies who could be prosecuted for passing on classified intelligence reports and, in some cases, military secrets to East Germany."

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