Spy Scandal: Mrs Norwood speaks

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The Independent Online
The following is the text of Melita Norwood's statement yesterday:

"I'm 87, and unfortunately my memory is not what it was. 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 which they could afford, given them education and a health service.

"Prime Minister Chamberlain had expected Hitler to attack Russia first, and we were expected to put cardboard over our fireplaces. Bombs were not expected.

"Fortunately, Churchill was more realistic and co-operated with the Russians.

"When I left my job to have a baby, as promised to fellow staff I gave my leaving present to Mrs Churchill's Aid Russia Fund.

"Personally, I only worked in the general office. I am not technical.

"I thought perhaps what I had access to might be useful in helping Russia to keep abreast of Britain, America and Germany.

"In general, I do not agree with spying against one's country.

"My late husband did not agree with what I did."

After reading her statement and turning to head back indoors, Mrs Norwood was asked if she had any regrets. She mumbled:

"No, no, no."