DOU­BLE AGENT ES­CAPES

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At 7pm on 22 Oc­to­ber 1966, a cell at Worm­wood Scrubs prison was found empty. It be­longed to Bri­tish dou­ble agent Ge­orge Blake (left), who was five years into a 42-year stretch for pass­ing se­crets to the Soviet au­thor­i­ties dur­ing the Korean War. Blake spent nine years as a dou­ble agent after con­vert­ing to Com­mu­nism while a pris­oner of war in Seoul. He was charged un­der the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act for be­tray­ing over 40 Bri­tish agents. He fled to the USSR and is now 96.

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