Skip to comments.British woman who gave Soviets nuclear secrets dies at 93
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Her security clearance was revoked in 1951 because of concerns that she might be a spy.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.
Klaus Fuchs is the person that gave the How To Make An A-Bomb recipe away!
All these others you hear about are just small fry
Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies,.....Or... Joe McCarthy was more right than he ever knew
She should be dug up, shot and reburied!
Then she should be dug up, have her throat slit, then be reburied.
Then she should be dug up, hung and reburied.
Then she should be dug up, impaled and reburied.
Then she should be dug up, burned at the stake and reburied.
Prolly not much more use to the corpse after that but to my thinking, FOR TREASON AGAINST YOUR OWN COUNTRY FOR ROTTEN MONEY, this is FAR too lenient!
Good! DIE HAG!
I better go now before I start raving! ;)
Godspeed and God bless all the people who died under communism!
The only justice for most of these worthless ex-communists is that they lived to see their favored form of government (mostly) perish. But one wishes for more punishment than that ... Good riddance, commie bytch.
fifty years to late,loathsome BIACH
Los Alamos scientist Ted Hall, who did just as much as the Rosenbergs and Greenglass to sneak the secrets of the Bomb to Stalin, lived a very comfortable, completely open life in the UK for thirty years after fleeing there after the FBI finally caught on.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement (Heb.9:27)
Bingo! Matriarch of moonbats material.
About now, she is in need of Hellblock SPF 50!
To self: Come on own up- PL you erred. Checking on this excellent book Anthony Blunt: Author- Miranda Carter,while right on the despair of the traitors, it was Guy Burgess, not Kim Philby, who died early. Philby's life span was 1912-1988. The proper quote is well worth the epitaph for traitors.
Page 441 of the book- ANTHONY BLUNT. "His last four years had been pitiful. He was often drunk and desperately homesick". Further down the page. "(Burgess) I hate Russia,I simply loathe Russia..... I am a British Communist, and I hateRussia!"
Ah well,as for myself, I can go back any time I wish. LOL "