Latest MI5 files released
Today we have made available to the public 64 previously top secret files from the UK Security Service, or MI5.
The records cover a range of subjects and span the Second World War and post-war era up to the mid-1960s. Personal files include Second World War German intelligence agents and suspected agents, double agent operations, Soviet intelligence agents and suspected agents, Right-wing extremists, Communists, and suspected communist and Russian sympathisers.
Searchable from KV 2/4346 to KV 2/4408, KV 4/476 and KV 6/146, the files include:
- Stern gang members Gilberte Elizabeth Lazarus and Yaacov Levstein (KV 2/4362) and Jacques Martinski (KV 2/4363) and their attempt to blow up the Colonial Office in London.
- Intercepted correspondence between diplomat, politician and author Harold Nicolson (KV 2/4364) and Cambridge spy Guy Burgess who had fled to Moscow.
- Details of activity by Portland Spy Ring members Ethel Gee (KV 2/4377) and Harry Houghton (KV 2/4380 to KV 2/4385) at the Navy’s Underwater Detection Establishment up until their arrests in 1961 for supplying secret information to the Soviet Union.
- Hubert Cornelius van Ginhoven (KV 2/4378 to KV 2/4379), a Special Branch officer who was dismissed from the police for supplying sensitive information to the Soviet Union.
- Novelist Kingsley Amis (KV 2/4399), who was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain during his time at Oxford University.
- An MI5 report on counter espionage methods used in the Second World War (KV 4/476).
- Gisela Hendrina Winegard, alias Klein, (KV 6/146), a fashion and photographer’s model who had links with a number of well-connected British military officers, including Army officer and Conservative MP John Profumo from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Other individuals include William John Hooper (KV 2/4346-4349) who worked for MI5 but was thought to have been also working for German intelligence in 1938 and 1939, Polish Air Force officer and MI5 double agent Roman Czerniawski (KV 2/4351-4356), and New Zealand Rhodes Scholar Ian Milner, who joined the Communist Party at Oxford University and later became an Australian diplomat (KV 2/4370-4376).