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Published on Jul 21, 2015
(12 Jan 1970) A British journalist who says he was a double agent for Britain andRussia has claimed that the spy Kim Philby failed to supply the Russians with any useful information while he was in Beirut in 1958. The journalist is Harry Scott-Gibbons, once correspondent of the London Daily Mail and Daile Express in Beirut. He says that he stumbled into the spying business by accident and that because of his activities the Russians were for a time completely deceived about British policy in the Middle East. He also says that his work led to the exposure of George Blake, the master spy who later escaped from a British prison after being jailed for 42 years. Peter Snow went to Beirut, where Scott-Gibbons told him his story. We have reconstructed some events. We have no way of verifying all the facts as some of the events took place with only the Russians present, but authoritative sources in London have confirmed that in general the story is true.