What do the defectors really want? Why do these people betray their country and friends? Why are some of those defectors lucky, while some others are not? Why don’t they ever have any regrets?
What are their true motives? Is it about money? No. Do they do it for fear? No. Do they sometimes wish to build their careers in this alternative way? No. Are they seeking fame? No. Have they been brainwashed? No. Can they be naive idealists? No.
Whatever answers you may think of, all of them would be probably wrong.
Are they betrayers? Yes, they are. Are they doing the right thing? Yes, they are. Do they find in this treachery what they must have been looking for? They sometimes do. How can they live with this? They are perfectly in tune with their own selves.
What are their goals? Now you will have the answer. It is worth knowing. This answer will surely change the way you see the world. This will be the answer from the legend.
Each of the secret services has its own handwriting, faint and hardly perceptible. This handwriting is their custom, it does not change for years and one can read it through. This handwriting can lead the agent to failure. This is what these books are written about, if anything.
These books also tell of the legend that keeps recruiting people across time and distance, of something that is stronger than life. This legend is an eternal truth, refilled with the living blood of every new recruiter that would choose the way of the legend. These books are on the legend Kim Philby.
These books contain neither facts of Kim Philby’s life nor any historical events. This is all about the modern-day and pure fiction.
I’m giving an answer to the question: Why the legend of Philby would be everlasting? Why is this legend of Philby of such a deadly pulling power? How do the people survive under the wing of his legend?
There is little said about it yet this is the main point.
They become traitors long before they step across the threshold of the spy directorate. They step across expressly to turn into traitors one fine day. That is the way they see their career. They wish to re-act that life of the icon. The legend of Kim Philby is making them traitors from the moment they open that book of his or read about him. This legend keeps recruiting people without money or contracts. The reality is forceless against it. The legend keeps dictating its own logic. It may come along imperceptibly, once the book of the legend is read through and half-forgotten, it would sprout up deep inside and live to its own time, so one day it would casually remind of its existence, in an implicit way, and push its follower to take the decision to which he must have been prepared since long, with just an occasion being in short supply.
Most paradoxically, such agents appear to be more mature, like everyone who does not really care much about public recognition, awards, money, appreciation and all those matters in connection with a regular rewarding career, they do not really fall for the uniform and regalia. Surely, the traitors gain incomparably better money, but it was not always this way, and would never be the main point. These people rate themselves so high that money does not measure that value. They are essentially free.
For such people there is no borderline where they become traitors, they must have since long slipped across by taking no notice. These people are usually well-educated and highbrow, and as much intelligently cruel and deeply calculating.
They are idealists. The philosophy of theirs makes blood turn to ice. This is how the legend of Kim Philby works. And that’s a damn good British job.