Vassall, William John Christopher

(1924– )
   The son of an Anglican clergyman, Vassall went to Moscow in the early 1950s as a clerk in the Naval Attaché’s Office. He was quickly identified as a homosexual by the KGB and blackmailed into working for Soviet intelligence. On his return to London, Vassall was promoted by the Admiralty and continued to work in place for the KGB. He was caught in 1962, tried, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was paroled after serving 11 years. Vassall, along with Harry Houghton, provided Moscow with a tremendous amount of top secret information about British and NATO military plans. It was important to the Soviet Union, which at the time was building a modern blue-water navy.

Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. . 2014.

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