To the Editors:

David Pryce-Jones makes several major errors in his brief references to my book, Deceiving the Deceivers: Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, and Guy Burgess. He claims that in my account the British intelligence services "deliberately and ingeniously" sent Maclean to Washington "and fed him with disinformation to serve up to the KGB." Ingenious it would have been but it couldn't have happened, and a careful reading of my book would deny any such interpretation. Maclean wasn't under suspicion when he left London for Washington in April 1944. Not until two years later in 1946 did American cryptologists at Arlington Hall Station begin to break into encrypted cable traffic from the Soviet missions in New York and Washington that would ultimately incriminate him.

In the same vein he asserts that British intelligence allowed Maclean while in Washington to pass to the Soviets the texts of the Churchill to Roosevelt cables on the Polish...


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