Three Conditions: The Spy and the Traitor, p. 64

Gordievsky raised his hand and issued a declaration: he would work for British intelligence, but only under three conditions.

“First, I don’t want to damage any of my colleagues in the KGB Station. Second, I don’t want to be secretly photographed or recorded. Third, no money. I want to work for the West out of ideological conviction, not for gain.”

Now it was Hawkins’s turn to be affronted . . . The second condition was moot. If MI6 decided to record him, he would never know, since the recording would, by definition, be secret. His preemptive refusal to accept financial compensation was more worrying. It is an axiom of spycraft that informants should be encouraged to accept gifts or money — although not so much that they would not want more or would be tempted to extravagant expenditure that might attract suspicion. Cash makes a spy feel valuable, establishes the principle of payment for services rendered, and can be used, if necessary, as a lever. And why did he wish to shield his Soviet colleagues? Was he still loyal to the KGB? In reality, Gordievsky was partly protecting himself. If Denmark started ejecting KGB officers, the Center might begin looking for an internal traitor and eventually alight on him.

The Spy and the Traitor, p. 64

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