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Blunt and Philby files highlight how good British class system is at deceit

Gerard O'Regan

Published 11/01/2014 | 02:30

Kim Philby
Kim Philby

The British upper classes -- including the inner circle around the royal family -- went all out to cover up the fact that some of their own were for many years working as spies for the Russians, during a time when communism was a dire threat to the free world.

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As one official remarked, it would be "unEnglish'' to put undue pressure on those under serious suspicion of betraying their country, so as to try and force them to confess their wrongdoing.

This and much more is contained in a series of once classified highly secret documents released last week in London under the 50-year rule.

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