Geoffrey Prime

Geoffrey Prime charged with spying and indecent assaults

The Guardian, July 16 1982

A Cheltenham man appeared in court yesterday to face charges under section one of the Official Secrets Act which covers espionage for foreign powers and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
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15 years of leaks from GCHQ to the Russians

The Guardian, October 25 1982
with Alex Brummer

American intelligence sources have started to leak details of a security crisis at the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham. They refer to “the most damaging Soviet penetration of Western security since the second world war.”

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GCHQ leaks "gave Russia access to all NATO secrets"

The Guardian, October 26 1982
with Patrick Keatley

The Prime Minister is being pressed to set up an inquiry into security at the Government communication headquarters in Cheltenham in the wake of further leaks yesterday by American intelligence sources.

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Prime is gaoled after years of failed security at GCHQ

The Guardian, November 11 1982

The Attorney General yesterday recited a catalogue of security failures which had allowed Geoffrey Prime - gaoled for 35 years for spying - to inflict "exceptionally grave damage" on the state during his 14 years working for the Soviet Union.
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Inside GCHQ's vast surveillance machine - where Prime spied for USSR

The Guardian, November 11 1982

Geoffrey Prime has caused panic in Whitehall and fury in Washington because, with very little skill and the greatest of ease, he has made a nonsense of the biggest, most ambitious and most expensive operation in the history of espionage.

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The history of holes in security at GCHQ

The Guardian, November 11 1982
with Richard Norton-Taylor

On April 1st 1981, the civil service unions at GCHQ in Cheltenham decided to work to rule as part of their national campaign. This meant that they followed all available security procedures. The result was chaos.
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The secret triple life of Geoffrey Prime

The Guardian, November 11 1982

Rhona Prime said at the Old Bailey yesterday that her husband, Geoffrey, had been living "a triple life " - as an ordinary man, a Russian spy and a sex offender. The three strands have been twisted together in Prime's secret world for years.
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New moves to deal with security failure in Prime case

The Guardian, May 13 1983

THE Government yesterday agreed to a radical overhaul of internal security in Whitehall and in the intelligence services to deal with the succession of security failures behind the case of Geoffrey Prime, who spied for the Russians from 1968 to 1981.

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Key Prime witness accuses Security Commission of 'whitewash'

The Guardian, May 18 1983

The woman who was blamed by the Security Commission for covering up Geoffrey Prime's spying yesterday accused the commission of lying about her role to whitewash the incompetence of the security services.

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GCHQ chief quits after Prime scandal

The Guardian, July 28 1983
with Richard Norton-Taylor

Sir Brian Tovey, director of the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, is to take early retirement in the autumn in what is believed to be a reaction to pressure in the wake of the Geoffrey Prime scandal.
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