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Kim Philby

Apropos  Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Jyotirmoy Chaudhuri’s “Trading Places: A Brief History of Journalists as Power Brokers and Corporate Agents in India” (EPW, 28 March 2015), I would like to point out that Kim Philby spied for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics when he was with the MI5 and not as a journalist (though during that time he did maintain contacts, though not active, with his handlers). After he was forced to leave the British Intelligence Service on suspicion, he lived in penury. He desperately needed a job. Using the old boys’ network he was able to find work as a journalist with the Times of London and the Economist.

I must also add that Philby was persuaded to spy for the Soviet Union out of conviction and not pecuniary gains!

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