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“The spies in history who can say from their graves, the infomation I supplied to my masters, for better or worse, altered the history of our planet, can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Richard Sorge was in that group.”

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Abel, Rudolf
Ames, Aldrich
Angleton, James
Baker, Josephine
Beria, Lavrentiy
Blake, George
Blunt, Anthony
Cairncross, John
Chambers, Whittaker
Childs, Morris
Cohen, Morris "2-Gun"
Coplon, Judith
Crabb, Lionel "Buster"
Dickinson, Velvalee
Drummond, Nelson
Dukes, Paul
Dzerzhinsky, Feliks
Fuchs, Klaus
Gouzenko, Igor
Granville, Christine
Hall, Ted
Hanssen, Robert
Hari, Mata
Hiss, Alger
Hollis, Roger
Inayat Khan, Noor
Kell, Vernon
Kuczynski, Ruth
Lody, Carl
Lonetree, Clayton
Lonsdale, Gordon
Maclean, Donald
May, Alan Nunn
Oster, Hans
Pelton, Ronald
Penkovsky, Oleg
Philby, Kim
Pollard, Jonathan
Rado, Sandor
Redl, Alfred
Reilly, Sidney
Richer, Marthe
Roessler, Rudolf
Rosenberg, Ethel
Rosenberg, Julius
Smedley, Agnes
Sorge, Richard
Szabo, Violette
Von Papen, Franz
Walker, John
Yardley, Herbert

 

 

 

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Allan Nunn May - Master Spy

 

Allan Nunn May

Born in 1912, the London native attended Trinity College at Cambridge University from which he graduated with a Ph.D. in physics in1933. While a student, became a member of the Communist Party.


Joined the Tube Alloys Project, helping to perform research on the development of the atomic bomb in 1942. Sent to Canada to perform further atomic bomb research in Ottawa in 1944. Was approached by representatives of Soviet Colonel Nikolai Zabotin, a military attaché for the Soviet Embassy and an intelligence officer for the GRU.

 

Visited the Chicago-based atomic research center and met with Major-General Leslie Groves, the head of the Manhattan Project. In 1944. Returned several times to Chicago to conduct experiments with atomic piles and would meet several times with top scientists to discuss the design and development of an atomic bomb.

 

Provided information about the experimental test blasts in New Mexico and then delivered plutonium and uranium samples to Zabotin. In 1945, Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk in the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, defected to the Canadian government. Gouzenko helped to expose spy rings in the United States and Canada. May was placed under surveillance by MI5.

 

Returned to England in 1946, having arranged with Zabotin to meet with a new Soviet contact at the British Museum in London. Began lecturing in physics at King's College.

 

 

Was interviewed by Lt. Col. Leonard Burt, a representative of Scotland Yard. Burt explained that the interview was simply routine, but then stunned May by informing him that MI5 was aware that he had failed to attend his meeting with the Soviet contact at the British Museum. May quickly confessed his espionage activities, explaining that he did so as a contribution to mankind (he had only received minimal payments from the Soviets).

 

Allan Nunn MayRefused to provide any information about the spy ring, instead admitting that he had passed along information to the Russian, who were allies during the war, therefore shielding himself from a possible death sentence for collaborating with the enemy.

 

Plead guilty to treason on May 1, 1946 and was sentenced to ten years in prison at the Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire. Was released in 1953 after time off for good behavior. Became a professor of physics at the University of Ghana and was later believed to have returned to the employ of the Soviet Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
 
   
 
 

 

 

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