The National Archives releases latest batch of MI5 files
28 February 2014
This is the 30th Security Service records release and brings the total number of Security Service files in the KV series at The National Archives to 5,138.
Among the papers in this latest release are Personal Files (KV 2) on the actor Michael Redgrave. Redgrave's file also provides interesting new details about Guy Burgess, a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring who defected to the Soviet Union and met Redgrave in Moscow while the actor was playing the part of Hamlet on stage.
Other notable files in this release include:
- five files on post-war Jewish terrorism activities in the UK, including assassination targets (KV 3/437-441)
- the remarkable wartime story of the British fascist sympathisers and 'Fifth Columnists' exposed by an MI5 agent posing as a representative of the Gestapo (KV 2/3800)
- files relating to Russian espionage in the USA and penetration of the Manhattan Project
A selection of files from this release has been digitised and will be available to download from our website free for one month.
Professor Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5, has recorded a podcast about the new files.
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