Forty years ago this month Margaret Thatcher called the veteran MI6 spymaster Maurice Oldfield out of retirement and sent him to Northern Ireland to co-ordinate the activities of the various branches of British Intelligence on the island. Did the KGB know he was gay? Did they learn he had a relationship with the paedophile in charge of Kincora Boys' Home? MI5 investigated him in 1980 to see if he was a traitor.
Forty years ago this month Margaret Thatcher sent Sir Maurice Oldfield, the former Chief of MI6, to Belfast to co-ordinate the activities of the various branches of British Intelligence in Ireland.
Kieran Conway, the former Provisional IRA Director of Intelligence in the 1970s, has confirmed to Village that the Provos knew Oldfield was gay.
In 2017 the Hart Report into child sex abuse published details of an MI6 document which revealed a “small collection of papers in file three which relate to the relationship [Oldfield] had with the Head of the Kincora Boys’ Home (KBH) in Belfast”. The “Head” of Kincora was “Warden” Joseph Mains who abused teenage boys at Kincora and elsewhere.
What, if anything, did the Soviet intelligence apparatus, the KGB, know about Oldfield’s homosexuality? More significantly, if the KGB found out, what did they do with the information? Joseph Mains, according to MI6 records he had a “relationship” and a “friendship” with Oldfield.
The answer is nothing despite the fact it could have destroyed him. Such inaction makes no sense as Oldfield was reputed to have been a highly effective opponent of the KGB. The notorious MI6 traitor Kim Philby described him as an officer of “high quality” and “formidable” in his memoirs.
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