He was born in Rotterdam on November 11, 1922, then George Behar (George Behar). His father Albert (Albert) was a Spanish Jew born in Turkey. He fought the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, but was among the best due to injuries. He was awarded the Medal of Valor and received British citizenship. He settled in the Netherlands as a businessman.
In 1934, when his father died, George went to Cairo to live with relatives, including his cousin Henri Curiel, who later became the leader of the Communist Party of Egypt. When the Second World War broke out in 1939, he was visiting the Netherlands. His mother and two sisters fled to England, but he joined the Dutch Resistance Army, released news and collected intelligence for two years.
After the war, he studied Russian in Cambridge-at that time, Philby, Burgess and Macleans became spy craftsmen after graduation-his teacher was a native of St. Petersburg before the revolution, which inspired him to learn Russian and culture Love, took a big step in his conversion and then he was sent to Germany to establish a British spy network in Berlin and Hamburg. He used the cover of the Navy Attaché to recruit dozens of agents.
Before the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, Mr. Blake was sent to Seoul, the South Korean capital, to organize another spy network through diplomatic means. But he was captured by the invading North Korean army. Held in North Korea for three years, he was indoctrinated by the Communist Party.
He later denied that this had affected his conversion, insisting that the US bombing of North Korea was the primary factor. He said: “The huge American flying fortress carried out a ruthless bombing of small North Korean villages” and killed “women, children and the elderly”, which shocked him. He added: “It makes me feel ashamed.” “I feel I am committed to the wrong side.”
Blake said that he met with a KGB official in North Korea, agreed to become a Soviet agent, and immediately began to leak secrets. He did not want a salary, and in order to avoid doubt, he insisted not to grant any privileges and was released with other prisoner diplomats. With the end of the Korean War in 1953, he was sent back to Britain and became a national hero.