(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Notorious British traitor George Blake has died aged 98 half a century after he claimed to have betrayed 600 agents to the Russians as a double agent during the Cold War, Russian foreign intelligence announced today.
The 98-year-old spy had been living in Moscow since he escaped from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966.
‘The bitter news has come – the legendary George Blake is gone,’ said Sergey Ivanov, spokesman for the SVR foreign intelligence agency, formerly the KGB. ‘He died of old age, his heart stopped.’
Blake was sentenced to a record 42-year jail sentence in London in 1961 for spilling MI6 secrets to the Soviet Union, sending dozens of Western agents to their deaths
He went on the run after climbing over the London prison’s wall in 1966, soon after England won the World Cup.
Later he crossed into East Berlin and into the hands of his grateful Soviet spymasters.