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October 12, 2012updated 16 Oct 2012 2:47pm

8. British journalism’s greatest ever scoops: Philby: I spied for Russia from 1933 (Sunday Times, 1967)

By Richard Wilson

Four years after Kim Philby’s defection to Russia The Sunday Times’s Insight team tracked him down and unearthed a photo of the “Third Man” in Red Square.

The investigation revealed that Philby was “by a shatteringly wide margin, the most important Soviet agent ever to penetrate the Western intelligence system”.

The Sunday Times revealed: “He was groomed as head of Britain’s intelligence system and, as link man with the American Central Intelligence Agency, had almost total knowledge of all Western intelligence operations against Russia.”

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