Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that, because his grades weren’t all that great).-Frederik Pohl
Cambridge University… the pinnacle of British civilisation some say. I think the saying “actions (ratings) speak louder than words” is absolutely true in this case. Rated the number 1 university in the whole of Europe.
Wait a minute isn’t this website dedicated to history and not career advice?….
Well of course it’s dedicated to history it’s in the website’s name: Bourne Historians..
Anyways, the point of this post is to shed light into the ‘dark ages’ of Cambridge University including the UK. During the initial boom period of Communism a group of ‘brave’ and ‘naive’ students decided it is time they joined the fight not AGAINST Communism ideals but FOR Communism. They believed that the UK needs to change and that change should start with No. 10 Downing Street.
Cambridge Five they would soon be called. Much speculation was made to their actual names until KGB defectors slowly came forward with incriminating evidence against these 5 individuals. However, what really hammered the last nail in the coffin was the conclusions made by the Venona project. Rupert Allason or also known as Nigel West, a very reputable intelligence historian, said “Venona remain[s] an irrefutable resource, far more reliable than the mercurial recollections of KGB defectors and the dubious conclusions drawn by paranoid analysts mesmerized by Machiavellian plots.” These individuals were working at the highest levels of government. The Headquarters of the Foreign Office in London and the British embassy in Washington all became synonymous with the words ‘home’ and ‘treasure (of information)’.
When they were exposed by the press, many books were written about them, BBC Two TV series about the Cambridge Five was critically acclaimed by the general public.
To wrap thing up for this post, a few quotes for the soul, to describe espionage..:
(Spies) operated in a world of shadows, where deception and betrayal flourished#
…a dirty bogus business, riddled with deceit, manipulation and betrayal..
This is the wonderful thing about espionage, nothing exists any more.
An espionage organization is a collector: it collects raw information. That gets processed by a machinery that is supposed to resolve its reliability, and to present a finished product.
Out of every 10 scripts I get sent, seven are fairly generic about an American guy who gets the girl and is involved in underground espionage activity.