NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
11th November, 1955 : A British Labour MP has withdrawn the allegations that a former senior diplomat was involved in the disappearance of his colleagues Guy Burgess and Donald McLean. In a Commons speech, Colonel Marcus Lipton had accused Mr Harold “Kim” Philby, until recently First Secretary at the British Embassy in Washington, of “dubious third man activities”. At a crowded press conference in a Kensington flat, Philby said:”I have never been a Communist, although I knew people who were Communists at Cambridge and for a year afterwards. The last time I spoke to a Communist, knowing he was one, was in 1934”. Mr Lipton told the Commons that, following Philby’s statement and a speech by the Foreign Secretary Harold McMillan, he was satisfied that his allegations were unjustified.