Monday, April 4, 2016

Newly-discovered Video by Kim Philby

BBC found a newly-discovered video of Kim Philby speaking to East German STASI agents in 1981. From the transcript on the BBC site, it seems that Philby is telling the same story he wrote in his autobiography about his role in the US-UK joint operations against the Albanian communist government.

In my book Operation Valuable Fiend, I show that while Philby knew of the CIA-MI6 Albanian plans at the policy level, at the operational level he was kept at arm's length by the Americans. The failure of the American-sent teams in 1950 and 1951 (the only ones that Philly could have compromised) most likely was not as a result of Philby revealing the plans to the Russians.

It seems that the truth ultimately resides in the KGB archives, i.e. any records showing that KGB received information from Philby and passed it along to their mission in Albania for coordination/sharing with Sigurimi.

We won't know for sure until the Russians decide to open up.