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Head of MI6 whose achievements included bringing the double agent Oleg Gordievsky out of the Soviet Union

Mercy for little old traitor who lived down lane

TO HER KGB controllers at the Lubyanka in Moscow, she was known by the codenames Hola or Tina. To her astounded neighbours in Bexleyheath, Kent, she was Melita Norwood, a little old lady, a great-grandmother.

Comment: THE DIARY - When the KGB asked my mother-in-law to strip

On Sunday to Katherina Wolpe's recital at St John's, Smith Square. It's her third concert in a series celebrating her father, Stefan Wolpe, a composer of the Viennese School whose music was banned by the Nazis.

Spy who exposed money launderers faces death

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Right of Reply: John Symonds

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Letter: Church of the times

Sir: So Ann Widdecombe thinks that anyone who changes sides and joins organisations with a history of subversion against the government of this country should be charged with treason and severely punished ("Straw `kept KGB files from Blair' ", 14 September). She is too hard on herself. The Roman Catholic church is very different these days.

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Espionage: An unfortunate lack of intelligence

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Letter: Spying's legacy

Letter:

KGB defector claims Burgess called for death of fellow British agent

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The following are edited extracts from a statement by Jack Straw, the Home Secretary on issues relating to information supplied by Vasili Mitrokhin:

The Spy Scandal: The Recruits - The Labour MP and bent detective who worked for Moscow

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The Spy Scandal: The Old Spies' Club - Cold war of words at spy convention

THE FIRST great reunion of the second oldest profession took place in the shadow of events unfolding in Bexleyheath. While "Hola" was addressing the world's media in her suburban south London garden, many of her Cold War colleagues, from both sides, gathered at a disused listening station in the Berlin woods

The Spy Scandal: The Historian - Secrets of the trunks entrusted to the man from Corpus Christi

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