FORMER British spy George Blake spoke out on the dangers of global war yesterday ahead of his 95th birthday today.
Mr Blake — who escaped from Wormwood Scrubs prison in 1966 and defected to the Soviet Union for whom he had been working as a double agent before his capture — said it was the duty of today’s Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to “save the world.”
In a statement issued by the SVR, he said the world faced “a situation when the danger of nuclear war and the resulting self-destruction of humankind again have been put on the agenda by irresponsible politicians.”
Dutch-born Mr Blake was captured by North Korean authorities after being posted to the country during the 1950-53 war.
He decided to switch sides after seeing civilians massacred by the “American military machine.”
“I realised back then that such conflicts are deadly dangerous for the entire humankind and made the most important decision in my life — to co-operate with Soviet intelligence voluntarily and for free to help protect peace in the world.”