More spies to be named

The mole who came into the garden: 40 years of secrecy end for Mrs Norwood (87)

UP TO 12 more Britons recruited into the KGB will be unmasked later this week. Some are understood to be still alive and living in the UK.

Last night, Professor Christopher Andrew of Cambridge University, the secret service historian who identified the 87-year-old great-grandmother Melita Norwood as a Soviet agent, said: "One of those named will be a prominent public figure who is now dead."

The disclosures will increase pressure on the Government, which is facing intense criticism for not prosecuting Mrs Norwood, who was unmasked yesterday as a Soviet spy of 40 years' standing and the KGB's most important catch. Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, yesterday asked the director general of MI5, Stephen Lander, to prepare a full report on the case. The Home Office insisted he had not been involved in the decision not to prosecute.

Earlier this year, John Morris, then Attorney General, had been made aware of Mrs Norwood's identity, but decided that "it was by then too late to undertake a prosecution".

At a press conference outside her home yesterday, Mrs Norwood said: "I did what I did not to make money but to help prevent the defeat of a new system which had, at great cost, given ordinary people food and fares they could afford, a good education and a health service." Asked if she regretted her actions, she said: "No, no, no."

The identity of Mrs Norwood and the other spies is contained in a huge archive of files brought out of Russia by a defector, Vasili Mitrokhin, in 1992. He smuggled out six trunks of files from the KGB's most secret archive.

According to Professor Andrew, the files identify KGB agents and operations in virtually every country outside the Communist bloc.

Tom King, the former Tory Secretary of State for Defence, and now chairman of the Parliamentary Security and Intelligence Committee, said the unmasking of Mrs Norwood was part of "the most complete and extensive intelligence ever received from any source". He said that there would be further revelations in the coming days.

A British intelligence officer agreed yesterday that further major KGB spies would be revealed. ``There could be up to 12 more names to come out. You have to spend weeks, sometimes months, painstakingly going through file after file checking codenames and places then trying to match them with the names of real people who are either still living or existed."

Some of the files deal with KGB agents in Britain who were active right up to the end of the Cold War. Mrs Norwood, codenamed "Hola", is herself believed to have helped to recruit agents for the KGB. In 1967 she allegedly helped the agency recruit a civil servant who was codenamed "Hunt". Through the 1970s he was a paid agent and provided information on British arms and arms deals.

The imminent publication of the Mitrokhin archive has sent shockwaves through Whitehall, with departments rushing to wash their hands of the matter. Questions will now be asked about how much ministers knew, and whether the director general of the security services decided not to inform them of the contents of the archive.

Mr King said his committee would conduct a thorough investigation into the documents, and also into the handling of the case by both Conservative and Labour administrations. "Questions need to be asked about who knew what and why there were no prosecutions," he said.

Michael Howard, Mr Straw's Conservative predecessor, said he had "no knowledge" of the case. Kenneth Clarke, Home Secretary from 1992 to 1993, and Kenneth Baker (1990-92) will also be quizzed.

REPORTS, PAGES 2 AND 3

Voices
voices
News
President Obama, one of the more enthusiastic users of the fist bump
newsBumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, it is claimed
Life and Style
Upright, everything’s all right (to a point): remaining on one’s feet has its health benefits – though in moderation
HealthIf sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
News
newsHad asteroid hit earlier or later in history, the creatures might have survived, say scientists
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Griffin holds forth in The Simpsons Family Guy crossover episode
arts + ents
Sport
Laura Trott with her gold
Commonwealth GamesJust 48 hours earlier cyclist was under the care of a doctor
Arts and Entertainment
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
arts + entsFilmmaker posted a picture of Israeli actress Gal Gadot on Twitter
News
Bryan had a bracelet given to him by his late father stolen during the raid
people
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Pedro Pascal gives a weird look at the camera in the blooper reel
arts + entsPrince Oberyn nearly sets himself on fire with a flaming torch
News
Danny Nickerson, 6, has received 15,000 cards and presents from well-wishers around the world
newsDanny loves to see his name on paper, so his mother put out a request for cards - it went viral
Sport
France striker Loic Remy
sportThe QPR striker flew to Boston earlier in the week to complete deal
News
Orville and Keith Harris. He covered up his condition by getting people to read out scripts to him
People
Arts and Entertainment
Zoe Saldana stars in this summer's big hope Guardians of the Galaxy
filmHollywood's summer blockbusters are no longer money-spinners
Arts and Entertainment
O'Shaughnessy pictured at the Unicorn Theatre in London
tvFiona O'Shaughnessy explains where she ends and her strange and wonderful character begins
Life and Style
Workers in Seattle are paid 100 times as much as workers in Bangladesh
fashionSeattle company lets customers create their own clothes, then click 'buy' and wait for delivery
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

year 5 teacher

£21000 - £32000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to wo...

Supply Teacher

£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to have a b...

Supply Teacher - Chelmsford

£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: We urgently require Primar...

Year 5 Teacher

£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to wo...

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried