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The Young Kim PhilbySoviet Spy and British Intelligence Officer$
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Edward Harrison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898676

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898676.001.0001

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Section V of the Secret Intelligence Service

Section V of the Secret Intelligence Service

(p.107) 7 Section V of the Secret Intelligence Service
The Young Kim Philby

Edward Harrison

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Section V of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and its task of obtaining counter-espionage information from the Iberian peninsula. It first considers the expansion of Section V and the role of Kim Philby in helping it provide more intelligence on Axis spies in Spain and Portugal. The chapter then examines Philby's appointment as head of a SIS sub-section that formed part of Section V, as well as his responsibility for counter-espionage in Portuguese East Africa or Mozambique and his work against the extensive German espionage networks in Portugal. It also describes the three main Axis espionage agencies in Lisbon: Italian intelligence, the intelligence service of the Nazi Party, and the Kriegs Organisation Portugal of the Abwehr. Finally, the chapter discusses Philby's role in channelling the results of Britain's counterintelligence concerning Portugal to the Foreign Office.

Keywords:   spies, Section V, Secret Intelligence Service, counter-espionage, Kim Philby, intelligence, Portugal, espionage, counterintelligence, Britain

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