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TRIPLEX: Secrets from the Cambridge Spies

Nigel West and Oleg Tsarev

Abstract

This book reveals more clearly than ever the precise nature and extent of the damage done to the much-vaunted British intelligence establishment during World War II by the notorious “Cambridge Five” spy ring: Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross. The code word “Triplex” refers to an exceptionally sensitive intelligence source, one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war, which appears nowhere in any of the British government's official histories. “Triplex” was material extracted illicitly from the diplomatic pouches of neutral missions in wartime L ... More

Keywords: British intelligence, World War II, Cambridge Five, Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, John CairncrossMI5, NKVD

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300123470
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123470.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel West, editor

Oleg Tsarev, editor

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Introduction

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1 The Swedish Naval Attaché

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2 Japanese Suspects, October 1941

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4 Diplomatic Missions in London

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5 MI5's History

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6 Colonel Vivian's Briefing, 1943

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7 ISOS, March 1943

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8 Breaking Soviet Ciphers

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9 SIS Sources for Strategic Appreciations

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10 C's Directive, September 1944

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11 Report from Philby, December 1944

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12 Philby's Memo to C, November 1944

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13 Section IX Personnel

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14 Commander Dunderdale's SLC, July 1945

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15 Memo on Penetrating Russia

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16 Colonel Vivian's Reply to the Memo

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17 SIS Symbols, 23 July 1947

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19 Report on SIS Reorganisation, July 1945

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20 Colonel Vivian's Memo, September 1944

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21 The XK Problem in SIS, 6 September 1944

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24 The Structure of SIS

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25 The Reorganisation of SIS

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29 Symbols of SIS's Senior Personnel

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30 SIS's Internal Structure, March 1946

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32 Message from EDWARD, 29 November 1944

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36 British Deception Schemes, May 1944

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39 Elena Modrzhinskaya's Report, April 1943

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40 Dossier on Harold Gibson, September 1949

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End Matter