Was Harold Wilson A KGB Agent?
Harold Wilson was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in four mandates. First two he served from 1964 to 1970, and the other two from 1974 to 1976. He was a member of UK Labour Party, and his name and character starred in many conspiracy theories.
One of them is him being a member of Russian spying agency – KGB. The reason for such a hype regarding Harold Wilson’s business lies in the fact that he resigned as Prime Minister in 1976. While officials claim that he resigned due to his apparent, and at the time unrecognized disease, Alzheimer’s, there are still many who believe that that is just a disguise for something much worse.
At that time a lot has been cooking in Russian-American cold war kitchen. First of all there were couple of events that can back up the KGB theory, such as claims regarding Wilson’s connection and evolvement in Hugh Gaitskell’s death.
Gaitskell, who was Wilson’s predecessor as leader of the Labour Party, apparently was assassinated at the orders of the KGB. He was a pro-American leader, and Soviets needed someone who would be more appropriate by their standards, a communist sympathizer that is.
According to Anatoly Golitsyn, a Soviet agent, Wilson was a KGB informer. While Wilson was President of the Board of Trade in 1940s he visited Russia on business and there he ahd met Anastas Mikoyan and Vyacheslav Molotov. Apparently KGB archived him by the code name OLDING, and an agent development file was opened after KGB intended to recruit him.
But, official records say that recruiting never came to fruition. Golitsyn continued with the accusation regarding KGB and Wilson connections, claiming that KGB killed above mentioned Gaitskell, in order for Wilson to take over Labour Party in the sixties. Even MI5 investigated these accusations, and cleared them up, some members of Britains intelligence continued to believe in Wilson’s connections with KGB.
At the time of his resigning a lot has been happening in the UK, strikes, pound devaluation, and according to Mary, Wilson’s wife, he just couldn’t deal with all that any more, especially as he started to forget things. There’s little chance we’ll ever find out who Harold Wilson really was, but if that day ever comes, it certainly will be important news.
Harold Wilson died on May 24, 1995.