September 14, 2008

BUT HE WAS TOO VALUABLE TO THEM IN PLACE:

John le Carre 'considered defecting to the Soviet Union' (Aislinn Simpson, 14 Sep 2008, Daily Telegraph)

"When you spy intensively and you get closer and closer to the border it seems such a small step to jump and, you know, find out the rest," he said.

Asked by his interviewer, former BBC Radio 4 Today programme editor Rod Liddle, if he was genuinely tempted, he said: "Yes, there was a time when I was, yes."


All you really need to know about him is that he thought it was a small step from the West to the USSR. That's the view that made him a collaborator, whether they were paying him or not.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2008 10:22 AM
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