“KGB agents loved the Guardian”

H/T Gerald

A CiF Watch reader came across this juicy little nugget about the Guardian, from a report in 1995, and I couldn’t’ resist sharing it.

It involved a Soviet defector named Oleg Gordievsky, the KGB’s resident chief in London during the mid-eighties, who, upon turning on his former nation, named their Western agents, among which were some well-known British politicians and journalists.

Gordievsky’s list of UK agents of influence, which he had handed over to Western spy chiefs upon defecting, included Guardian literary editor, Richard Gott.  Upon news of Gott’s involvement with the KGB, he resigned, in a letter then Guardian editor, Peter Preston, accepted “with a heavy heart”. 

According to Gordievsky, Gott was “an absolute classic case of an agent. He came to meetings at regular intervals. Sometimes it was once a month, sometimes every two months.” His Soviet handlers drew money to pay him. “The KGB was stingy, so the payments would not have been very much. The normal fee was between $450 and $600 every month or so.”

Gott was not the only Guardian journalist to be targeted and Gordievsky claimed that Gott’s newspaper was of special interest to Soviet intelligence.

The KGB loved the Guardian,” he says. “It was deemed highly susceptible to penetration.” 

Surprising? Hardly.

The Guardian’s current associate editor, Seumas Milne, is still an apologist for Soviet Communism and began his “journalistic” career as a contributor to the decidedly pro-Stalinist Communist Party publication, Straight Left.

Milne, in a 2001 essay, expressed regret over the fall of the Soviet Empire, which, during the height of its power, enslaved half of Europe under its totalitarian yoke, and killed maybe 60 million human beings (give or take a few million).

Milne especially lamented “The removal of the only state that could challenge the power of the US militarily”.

Gordievsky, in his book, drew a clear distinction between active agents and mere “useful idiots”.

The term “useful idiots” is a phrase coined by Lenin to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries who genuinely considered themselves an ally of Soviet ideology, but were held in contempt by the Soviet regime and cynically used.

While Gott was clearly an active agent, Milne evidently remains, 20 years after the collapse of communist totalitarianism, a useful idiot in good standing. 

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  1. Ya think that only Der Guardian was infested with Pravda and KGB agents?

    Not the other British press organs, the BBC, academic institutions (LSE),

    If you think that only Der Guardian was compromised, you must believe that the convicted bomber of Pan Am 103 was going to pass within three months of his “compassionate” release.

  2. Lazar Kaganovich: Stalin’s Mass Murderer
    American Times Today

    Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich (Kogan), of Jewish descent, was born in Kubany, near Kiev, Ukraine, in 1893. In 1911 he joined the Jewish-founded Communist Party and became involved with the Bolsheviks (Lower East Side New York Jews). Kaganovich took an active part in the 1917 takeover of Christian Russia by Communism and rose rapidly in the Party hierarchy.

    From 1925 to 1928, he was first secretary of the party organization in Ukraine and by 1930 was a full member of the Politburo.

    Kaganovich was one of a small group of Stalin’s top sadists pushing for very high rates of collectivization after 1929. He became Stalin’s butcher of Christian Russians during the late 1920s and early 1930s when the Kremlin (jews) launched its war against the kulaks (small landowners who were Christians) and implemented a ruthless policy of land collectivization. The resulting state-organized forced famine, was a planned genocide and killed 7,000,000 Ukrainians between 1932 and 1933, and inflicted enormous suffering on the Soviet Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan.

    Josef Stalin (Dzhugashvili) altered census figures to hide the millions of famine deaths when the Ukraine and northern Caucasus region had an extremely poor harvest in 1932, just as Stalin was demanding heavy requisitions of grain to sell abroad to finance his industrialization program which was on top of enforced collective farming of 1929. Stalin is conservatively estimated to have been responsible for the murder and/or starvation of 40,000,000 Russians and Ukrainians during his reign of terror, while the total deaths resulting from the de-kulaklization and famine, by way of Kaganovich, can be conservatively estimated at about 14,500,000.

    On any analysis, Kaganovich, was one of the worst mass murderers in history, and little wonder that during World War II large numbers of Ukrainians greeted the Germans as liberators, with many joining the Waffen-SS to keep Communism from enslaving all of Europe.

    Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre

    Toronto: UCRDC 1997

    • So according to crissy jackass wankers, large numbers of ukrainians were nazi filth.

      Thanks crissy!

      And Happy NAKBA!

    • I knew it must have been the Jews who screwed it all up…

      The Jews must have been behind the English in creating the first concentration camps in the Boer war, right?

  3. Then the KGB loved the Guardian…….

    Today the Islamists love the useful idiots that infest the Guardian below and above the line……..

  4. An Israeli student finishes high school without ever hearing the name “Genrikh Yagoda,” the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th
    Century, the GPU’s deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD.
    Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin’s collectivization orders and is
    responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish
    deputies established and managed the Gulag system. The NKVD went on to become the KGB .. Interesting all things considered ! There is a famous case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed for high treason in the US .. It wasn’t long after that the Communist Jews in the USA stopped being communists..

    Please don’t insult my intelligence by either posting ANYTHING from wikipedia or claim that Russian Jews were not involved in the mass murder of White Russians Ukrainians Belarusians Latvians ,, I’ll name check if you try !

    • chris/christy “Please don’t insult my intelligence”
      How can anyone insult something that is clearly non-existent?

      I note, although it is not a surprise, you have dropped your pretence of only attacking Zionists and are openly attacking people because you claim they were Jewish.
      Now be a good boy and either slither back under the stones with the other anti-Semites or go and get some more medication, you are howling at the moon again!

    • @Chris J. Walters

      Remarkable antisemitic propaganda.

      A non-Jewish genocidal dictator, named Joseph Stalin, who denies the rights of millions Jews to worship freely in the country, and is responsible for the murder of tens of millions, and the enslavement of millions more in his Gulags (and, before his death, was about to crack down on Jews via his “Jewish doctors plot”) and you still find Jews to blame for Soviet communism’s crimes.

      With people like you, we’re either the ruthless capitalists or ruthless marxists. Either way, Jews are the hidden hand behind human misery.

      Just know that your dialectic has a very long and impressive antisemitic history.

      When it comes to antisemitism, there truly is nothing new under the sun.

      • You overlooked the Bolsheviks .. Never mind .. Thanks for the compliment by the way ! If you consider my comments anti Semitic consider this The Arabs are Semitic incl Palestinians and according to DNA checks they as a Semitic race out number the ALL the settlers and 99% of Jews in Israel .. I am far from being anti Semitic .. Anti ashkeNAZI/Khazar/Zionist maybe(Definitely)..

  5. crissy jackass wankers, Stalin, NOT a Jew, was one of your boys.

    Take it up with Stalin when you get to Helll.

    BTW, Why isn’t Israel communist, part of the communist bloc?

    Why did the Soviets support the Arabs against Israel?

    Did your Soviets supply Israel or Egypt with weapon systems?

    During the Soviet Union, were all synagogues left standing and all churches demolished?

    During the Soviet Union were Jews allowed to emigrate at will?

    Did your Stalin have a non-aggression pact with your Socialist SHITler in 1939?

  6. Am I the only one who notices Chris’ lingering, porn-like fascination with mass murders? The only ones he mentions here are nominally Jewish (or so he likes to think), but no doubt he has an extensive collection of this stuff, probably for masturbatory purposes.

    We can safely assume he is a bedwetter, he certainly strikes me as someone who has a fascination with fire, and since he is quite obviously devoid of empathy or conscience, if has actually has gone as far as murdering small animals, then he has hit the serial killer trifecta himself.

    And you thought he was a common or garden anti-Semite, but no, he has brought these people to our attention because he admires them, in fact, he aspires to be like them. Perhaps we should buy him a one-way ticket to Chechnya, it sounds just like the perfect playground for him.

    • I am no different to any of you when you think about it .. I’m unashamedly Welsh, White and a National Socialist and my band of Patriots have strived for years to protect the Welsh Character of Wales and yes there were Bombings and burnings but that was reactionary .. You do the same in Israel though you are more extreme (We didn’t have White Phosphorus and Apache Attack Helicopters)..

      • So christy, which is an Irish name, you write;
        “I’m unashamedly Welsh, White and a National Socialist and my band of Patriots have strived for years to protect the Welsh Character of Wales”

        You are a National Socialist? Now there is a surprise, next you’ll tell me that the Pope is a Catholic.
        You are unashamedly Welsh, really with an Irish name and on your pathetic video an Irish accent and living in Ireland. Of course you are Welsh and I’m Mother Theresa!
        I don’t know about protecting the ‘Welsh Character of Wales’ but if you want to help to keep our beautiful countryside clean, stay in Ireland.
        We don’t need Nazi trash polluting Wales.

        • Christy is my odopted name suggested to me by some very good Republican Sinn Fein friends .. I moved to Ireland 17 years ago (self imposed exile) ..

          “WE?” I’ll tell you something Gerald.. Dennis and Cayo along with Byddin Rhyddid Cymru Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru then later Meibion Glyndwr reignited the Patriots flame and that flame is growing brighter by the day .. Its cool to be Welsh and there have been radical changes since War was declared in 1963 .. You may forget or dismiss the work that Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg and Cofiwn have done over the years and you might even ridicule Plaid Cymru but Wales is becoming a Nation once again! A Republic ! Fe Godwn Ni Eto !

        • There is a real scumbag in yor midst living in Wales and oneday We WILL boot him out . “Nick Griffin” I couldn’t give a damn what he does in england but how dare he claim Owain Glyndwr to be “British” and use his image on T Shirts and campaign posters ..

  7. chris j walters

    Straight out of the Jewwatch site and straight into the ideology of your fellow travellers and Islamists at the Guardian site

  8. @Irit-ant My race don’t perform that torturous act of Circumcision.. I’ll stop there before you scream “Blood Libel!”

    “Devoid of empathy or conscience?” I don’t believe in violent retribution only verbal retribution (Sticks and stones blah blah blah).

    I dare say you cheered when over a thousand Palestinians were murdered during Operation cast lead .. I bet you all partied when G W Bush declared war on Iraq during Purim(A time of our choosing “Who’s choosing?”) I bet you are among the Genocidal few who would like to see Iran in flames.

    • Chris,
      How little you know about “us”.
      Can’t speak for Irit or anyone on that blog.
      I wasn’t cheering when Palestinian died.
      Many Jewish people are brought up with the notion the “you save one life you saved a whole world”.

      Why would I want to see Iran in flames when one of my friends is Iranian and his family still is in Tehran?

      You shame Wales.

      • My comment was directed at Irit-ant ! I don’t recall mentioning your name ! Don’t tell me “You” is another word for “All”..
        I know nothing about you or anyone else on here personally .. One thing i have figured out though .. NONE of you can stand being challenged in any shape or form on any topic ..

    • I bet you all partied when G W Bush declared war on Iraq during Purim

      Just when you think you’ve heard it all …

      • I’ve never heard of a one person party ! I would have name checked you all to save any confusion if i was suggesting you all partied with Irit-ant which unless you are all close friends and live in the same street would be impossible ..

  9. So now we know why David Cameron appointed Julian Glover as his speechwriter.

    Only connect the dots as Forster said.

    “David Cameron has appointed Julian Glover, the Guardian’s leader writer and columnist, as his new chief speechwriter.”


    “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev joked on Monday that visiting Prime Minister David Cameron would have made a very good KGB agent, after Cameron suggested that the Soviet security service tried to recruit him when he was a student.”

    Perhaps Mitnaqed can add this to his conspiracy theory file.

  10. @ItsikDeWembley in ref to many jewish people are brought up you save one life you save the world! Well you certainly could of fooled me! It never stops over there, the killing on all sides, makes no sense at all!

  11. When you step in dog shit (like this chris j walters) you don’t get into an argument with that dog shit,you just scrape it off and keep going……

    Ignore him………..