John Vassall, 71, who admitted spying for...


John Vassall, 71, who admitted spying for the KGB and was sent to prison in 1962, died Nov. 18 of a heart attack in London.

Vassall, who changed his name to John Phillips after he was freed in 1972, was blackmailed into spying for the Soviet Union after being photographed with a homosexual partner when he was a junior naval attache in the British Embassy in Moscow in the 1950s.

When his apartment in central London was raided in 1962, intelligence agents found 140 photographs of secret documents.

Pub Date: 12/07/96

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