• Short Summary

    HAROLD PHILBY, THE BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIAL TURNED JOURNALIST WHO DISAPPEARED FROM BEIRUT FOUR MONTHS AGO, WAS THE "THIRD MAN" IN THE BURGESS AND MACLEAN CASE.

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    LV PHILBY WITH REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN
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    2.
    CU PHILBY
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    3.
    LV PHILBY WITH REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN
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    4.
    SV PHILBY AND INTERVIEWER DURING INTERVIEW. SOF BEGINS.."IF THERE WAS A THIRD MAN..." SOF OUT.."NO COMMENT"
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    5.
    SV REPORTERS
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    6.
    CU PHILBY DURING INTERVIEW. SOF IN..."MR PHILBY YOU YOURSELF WERE ASKED..." SOF OUT..."NEVER".
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    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 4) QUESTION: "IF THERE WAS A THIRD MAN, WERE YOU IN FACT THE THIRD MAN?"



    PHILBY: "NO, I WAS NOT."



    QUESTION: "DO YOU THINK THERE WAS ONE?"



    PHILBY: "NO COMMENT".



    QUESTION: "MR PHILBY, YOU YOURSELF WERE ASKED TO RESIGN FROM THE FOREIGN OFFICE A FEW MONTHS AFTER BURGESS AND MACLEAN DISAPPEARED. THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID IN THE PAST YOU HAD HAD COMMUNIST ASSOCIATIONS. THAT IS WHY YOU WERE ASKED TO RESIGN?"



    PHILBY: "I WAS ASKED TO RESIGN BECAUSE OF AN IMPRUDENT ASSOCIATION."



    QUESTION: "THAT IS YOUR ASSOCIATION WITH BURGESS?"



    PHILBY: "CORRECT."



    QUESTION: "WHAT ABOUT THE ALLEGED COMMUNIST ASSOCIATIONS? CAN YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEM?"



    PHILBY: "THE LAST TIME I SPOKE TO A COMMUNIST, KNOWING HIM TO BE A COMMUNIST, WAS SOME TIME IN 1934."



    QUESTION: "THAT RATHER IMPLIES THAT YOU HAVE ALSO SPOKEN TO COMMUNISTS UNKNOWINGLY AND NOW KNOW ABOUT IT."



    PHILBY: "WELL, I SPOKE TO BURGESS LAST IN APRIL OR MAY 1951.



    "QUESTION: "HE GAVE YOU NO IDEA THAT HE WAS A COMMUNIST AT ALL?"



    PHILBY: "NEVER."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: HAROLD PHILBY, THE BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIAL TURNED JOURNALIST WHO DISAPPEARED FROM BEIRUT FOUR MONTHS AGO, WAS THE "THIRD MAN" IN THE BURGESS AND MACLEAN CASE.HE WARNED THEM IN TIME TO PERMIT THEIR ESCAPE, AND IS NOW PRESUMED TO BE IN RUSSIA."
    THIS INFORMATION WAS REVEALED TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON MONDAY BY THE LORD PRIVY SEAL, MR HEALTH.HE WENT ON TO GIVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE, BEGINNING WITH MACLEAN'S DISAPPEARANCE.WHEN THE LONG-STANDING LEAKAGE OF INFORMATION WAS TRACED TO MACLEAN, IT IS NOW BELIEVED THAT PHILBY WARNED THAT HE WOULD SHORTLY BE UNMASKED.

    PHILBY STRONGLY DENIED THAT HE HAD ACTED IMPROPERLY, OR THAT HE HAD HELPED MACLEAN, AND A LABOUR PARTY CHARGE WAS WITHDRAWN AND APOLOGIES WERE MADE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.IN JULY 1951, PHILBY RESIGNED FROM THE FOREIGN OFFICE, AND WORKED AS A FREELANCE JOURNALIST IN THE MIDDLE EAST CENTRED ON BEIRUT.IT WAS FROM HERE THAT HE VANISHED FOUR MONTHS AGO.LEAVING HIS WIFE AND FAMILY BEHIND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA1QCC74F2CL8HHO8S17NJ32A9
    Media URN:
    VLVAA1QCC74F2CL8HHO8S17NJ32A9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1955
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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