2 August 2014
Kim Philby's Stash of Soviet Spy Tools
Macintyre, Ben (2014-07-29). A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great
Betrayal. Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
The British embassy was in secret uproar as news spread that not one but
two senior Foreign Office officials in Washington had vanished and were probably
Soviet spies. Philby and Paterson together broke the embarrassing news to
the FBI. Philby carefully observed the reaction of his FBI friends, including
Bob Lamphere, his former dinner-party guest, and saw only surprise, tinged
with some wry pleasure at the British predicament. So far Philby himself
did not seem to be under suspicion. At lunchtime Philby told Paterson he
was going home for a stiff drink, behavior that anyone who knew
him would have considered perfectly normal. Back at  Nebraska Avenue,
Philby headed not for the drinks cabinet but for the potting shed, where
he collected a trowel, and then down to the basement that had, until recently,
housed Guy Burgess. There he retrieved from a hiding place the Russian camera,
tripod, and film given to him by Makayev, sealed the lot in waterproof
containers, and placed them in the trunk of his car. Then he climbed in,
gunned the engine, and drove north. Aileen was at home with the children;
if she thought it strange that her husband should come home from work early,
lock himself in the basement, and then drive away without a word, she did
not say so.
Philby had traveled the road to Great Falls many times. Angleton had taken
him fishing in the Potomac Valley and there was a faux-English pub called
the Old Anglers Inn where they had spent several convivial evenings.
The road was little used and heavily wooded. On a deserted stretch with woods
on one side and the river on the other, Philby parked, extracted the containers
and trowel, and headed into the trees. He emerged after a few minutes, casually
doing up his fly buttons for the benefit of any passersby, and drove home.
Somewhere in a shallow hole in the woods beside the Potomac lies a cache
of Soviet photographic equipment that has lain buried for more than sixty
years, a secret memorial to Philbys spy craft.
4100 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Potomac River Great Falls, VA and MD