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Title: George Blake (1922- )

Description: George Blake (George Behar; November 11, 1922- ), shown with mother in England after his release from a North Korean prisoner of war camp in 1953. A British double agent who spied for the Soviet Union, Blake had been kept a prisoner in North Korea for almost three years where he read the writings of Karl Marx and became a Marxist. Blake had worked for the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) in WW II, and had been posted to Seoul, South Korea, working in the British Legation with the task of establishing a British spy network in Korea, but was made prisoner when North Korean troops captured the city on June 24, 1950. Upon his release, he returned to England and was then sent to Berlin, Germany, as an MI6 officer, to recruit Soviet officers as double agents. Instead, he betrayed more than 400 British agents to the Soviets until he was caught in 1961. Convicted of violating the Official Secrets Act of 1911, he was sent to prison for forty-two years, but, on October 22, 1966, he and others escaped from Wormwood Scrubs Prison. Blake fled to the USSR, where he presently resides, living on a KGB pension. In 2007, Blake was awarded the Order of Friendship on his eighty-fifth birthday by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (October 7, 1952- ). In a 1991 interview with NBC News, Blake admitted regret over the deaths of the many agents he had betrayed, although he continues to be active in Soviet espionage.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: George Blake, MI6, British Intelligence, United Kingdom, Great Britain, England, North Korean, South Korea, Berlin, KGB, Vladimir Putin, Order of Friendship, double agents, spies, spying, espionage, SOE, Special Operations Executive, Karl Marx, Korean War

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1650 x 1189 (1.96 MPixels) (1.39)

Print Size: 14.0 x 10.1 cm; 5.5 x 4.0 inches

File Size: 5.65 MB (5,919,320 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004477

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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