The Cambridge Spy Ring

The mystery of Wilfrid Mann

Authored by: Andrew Lownie

The Routledge International Handbook of Universities, Security and Intelligence Studies

Print publication date:  October  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138572416
eBook ISBN: 9780203702086
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One of the intriguing bit players in the Cambridge Spy Ring is the nuclear physicist Wilfrid Mann, a colleague of Maclean, Burgess and Philby in the Washington Embassy, who was first named as a Soviet agent, along with Anthony Blunt, in Andrew Boyle’s (1979) The Climate of Treason. Opinion still remains divided on whether Mann, codenamed ‘Basil’, was ever a Russian spy with evidence for and against him. This chapter examines some of this evidence.

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