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Kim Philby
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    (January 1, 1912-May 11, 1988)
    Born in Ambala, India
    Birth name was Harold Adrian Russell Philby
    Double agent
    Member of the Cambridge Five spy ring
    Was simultaneously a high-ranking member of British intelligence and a spy for the KGB
    Defected to the Soviet Union (1963)
    Wrote the autobiography 'My Silent War' (1968)
    His betrayal of an anti-Communist revolution in Albania cost several hundred lives.
    He revealed to the Soviets the small size of the US stockpile of atomic weapons in the late 40s, emboldening Stalin into arming North Korea, leading to the Korean War.
    While in Russia, he seduced the wife of his friend (and fellow Cambridge Five member) Donald MacLean.
    He was an alcoholic, and called his drinking 'the most painless method of suicide.'
    When his Russian wife Rufina was in agony with appendicitis, he spent the night drinking whisky instead of calling an ambulance.
    He was nicknamed Kim after the title character of a Rudyard Kipling novel.
    He successfully neutralized German attempts to sabotage British shipping in Spain and Portugal during World War II.
    Thanks to Stalin's paranoia, a large portion of the intelligence he provided the Soviets was ignored as disinformation.

Credit: C. Fishel

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