King, John Herbert

(c. 1905–?)
   Captain John King was a British code clerk with an expensive American mistress to support when an OGPU illegal approached him in 1933. King, who thought his Soviet case officer was a European banker, said that he was Irish and deeply disliked all things English. For the next four years, King provided the Soviets with British code material and diplomatic dispatches, apparently believing they were being used by an international cartel. In 1939 Walter Krivitsky informed the British security service (MI5) about King’s treachery. King was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. . 2014.

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