Previously classified documents from the U.K. Foreign Office revealed that David Floyd, a former Daily Telegraph reporter and British diplomat, acted as a Soviet agent. Jonathan Haslam, George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies, discusses why the British government kept his dealings a secret:
“The last thing the Foreign Office and security services wanted in July 1951 was yet another exposure of one of their people working for the Russians. They would have gone to any lengths to keep this from the Americans. For the safety of the alliance this had to be wrapped up quickly and quietly.”
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