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British woman who gave Soviets nuclear secrets dies at 93
Yahoo - AP ^ | 6/28/05

Posted on 06/28/2005 12:32:48 PM PDT by Borges

LONDON (AFP) - Melita Norwood, who passed on secrets to the Soviet Union believed to have helped them speed up development of the atomic bomb, died earlier this month at the age of 93, her daughter said.

Anita Ferguson said her mother died on June 2 but declined to comment further.

Described as the most important British female agent recruited by the KGB intelligence service, Norwood spied under the codename "Hola" and passed British nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union in the years after World War II.

Norwood's activities were finally exposed when KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin defected to Britain in 1992, bringing thousands of files he had meticulously copied.

The supporter of Soviet-style communism spied for almost 40 years while a secretary at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, handing over details of the project to build Britain's first atomic bomb.

She took top secret documents from the Tube Alloys project -- the cover name for the nuclear weapons programme -- copied them and passed them to her KGB handlers.

The information she passed to Stalin's government is said to have helped the Soviets build an atomic bomb two or three years earlier than they otherwise would.

Her security clearance was revoked in 1951 because of concerns that she might be a spy.

But after she was publicly unmasked in 1999 she said idealism, not money, had inspired her.

After she was exposed as a spy, Britain's Security Service MI5 was strongly criticized by the parliamentary committee overseeing the intelligence agencies over the failure to prosecute her.


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1 posted on 06/28/2005 12:32:49 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Isn't she cute, too bad she and Mark Felt couldn't get together ...


2 posted on 06/28/2005 12:34:10 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Borges
But after she was publicly unmasked in 1999 she said idealism, not money, had inspired her

I despise communists.

3 posted on 06/28/2005 12:34:27 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: Borges

And yet, she is probably lionized by the very people who hate Reagan for "bringing us to the brink of nuclear war."


4 posted on 06/28/2005 12:34:39 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Borges

Enjoy hell, bitch.


5 posted on 06/28/2005 12:35:28 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Borges
But after she was publicly unmasked in 1999 she said idealism, not money, had inspired her.

But she took the money anyway.

Imagine living so long and doing nothing of any worth.

6 posted on 06/28/2005 12:37:15 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: Borges

Fifty-six years too late.


7 posted on 06/28/2005 12:37:42 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Borges

Hope you got a swimsuit, ya dingbat! It's going to be hot where you are for a while... Don't ask for icewater, you won't get any...


8 posted on 06/28/2005 12:38:26 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Borges
Burn in Hell, dearie.


9 posted on 06/28/2005 12:38:32 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Borges

Contrast her deeds to this fellow, who also died recently:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1432508/posts


10 posted on 06/28/2005 12:38:45 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: Borges
The supporter of Soviet-style communism tyranny, oppression, religious persecution, murder, genocide, and wars of aggression ...
11 posted on 06/28/2005 12:38:53 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Borges
[ British woman who gave Soviets nuclear secrets dies at 93 ]

GOOD..

12 posted on 06/28/2005 12:39:27 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed me to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Borges

It was a big mistake to give the a-bomb secret to the Brits.


13 posted on 06/28/2005 12:39:30 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: pabianice

Yes she should have been hanged in 1951.



14 posted on 06/28/2005 12:40:08 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Borges

Hey granny Hot enough for ya?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


15 posted on 06/28/2005 12:40:44 PM PDT by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: Borges

It's frustrating that she was allowed to live so long without having a stake driven through her heart. The Soviet Union was a murder machine and anyone who assisted it is a murderer.


16 posted on 06/28/2005 12:40:44 PM PDT by BinaryBoy
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To: Hank Rearden
I imagine that the grass over her grave will be well watered and fertilised.

I wonder if I can donate to the cause?

17 posted on 06/28/2005 12:40:44 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Borges
She looks a little like Rachel Corey's mother.

That "I've never been right about anything in my life, and I'm proud of it, because reality is a conspiracy of rich multinational corporations so I'm not participating in it" look.

(steely)

18 posted on 06/28/2005 12:41:25 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Fortunately, the Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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"After she was exposed as a spy, Britain's Security Service MI5 was strongly criticized by the parliamentary committee overseeing the intelligence agencies over the failure to prosecute her."

The Europeans can't bring themselves to prosecute anyone for anything, can they?

Except that they would gladly prosecute GW Bush for nothing.


19 posted on 06/28/2005 12:42:05 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: sgtbono2002

Or suffered burns while sitting in a chair at Sing Sing.


20 posted on 06/28/2005 12:42:17 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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