By Kate Clarke
TOP secret Soviet files, which have been described by the FBI as the most complete intelligence received from any source, have revealed that the KGB planned to disrupt the investiture of Prince Charles, it has been reported.
The documents have been opened to the public for the first time after being kept at a secret location for more than 20 years and the information was gleaned from soviet archives and smuggled to Britain by Major Vasili Mitrokhin, who worked for the KGB before he defected in 1992.
His intelligence revealed that the KGB plotted to disrupt the Investiture of The Prince of Wales in 1969, under a plan using the code name Operation Edding. They were to destroy a bridge on the route along a road from Porthmadog to Caernarfon Castle a month before the event, and lay the blame at the feet of the British security services, but it was scrapped at the last minute.
The explosive files also reveal thousands of pages of profiles outlining the characteristics of Britons who spied for the Soviets, more than 200 names of British people who contributed to Soviet intelligence, including the infamous British spies Donald Duart Maclean and Guy Burgess – though the files reveal that Russian confidence in the pair was low, because of their reported alcohol dependency and loose lips. But the notes provide an insight into how they helped the KGB penetrate the UK’s intelligence network at the highest level.
Mitrokhin was a senior archivist in the KGB’s foreign intelligence HQ and, as such, he had access to thousands of files from a global network of spies and intelligence gathering operations. His defection was regarded as a major coup and provided an insight into the extent of Soviet intelligence operations throughout the cold war.
During his life he made it clear he wanted his files opened to the public and following his death. And in 2004 his family worked with the Churchill Archive Centre in Cambridge to make that happen. His handwritten notes made in school notebooks remain classified and some information has been redacted.
But 19 out of 33 box files containing typewritten versions, in Russian, can be viewed by visitors to the archive center.
Source: South Wales Evening Post