Lead: As a student at Cambridge in the 1930s, Kim Philby was infused with an intellectual, emotional and life-long commitment to communism. That made him a willing recruit into the ranks of the Soviet espionage service.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Philby and his friends, Donald MacLean, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt were true believers. Philby’s career was perhaps the most exotic. At the instruction of his Soviet handlers, after his University years, he began to tack in a rightward direction in conversation, beliefs and political connections. This was to disguise and make possible his recruitment into British intelligence. His stint as a pro-Franco journalist covering the Spanish Civil War led through Burgess to his enrollment in the ranks of first MI5 then the sabotage and subversion division of MI6.