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|Birth name||Tomás Joseph Harris|
|Born||10 April 1908|
Hampstead, United Kingdom
|Died||27 January 1964 (aged 55)|
Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain
Tomás "Tommy" Joseph Harris (10 April 1908 – 27 January 1964) was a Spanish-speaking MI5 officer who worked with Juan Pujol García, an important double agent for the British during World War II, in what became known as the Garbo deception.
Possible double agent
In August 1962, during a reception at the Weizmann Institute, Flora Solomon told Victor Rothschild, who had worked with MI6 during World War II, that she thought that Tomás Harris and Kim Philby were Soviet spies.[incomplete short citation] She then went on to tell Rothschild that she suspected that Philby and his friend, Tomás Harris, had been Soviet agents since the 1930s. "Those two were so close as to give me an intuitive feeling that Harris was more than a friend."
As a result of this information Kim Philby was forced to resign from the SIS. However, before Harris was interviewed by MI5 he was killed in a motor accident at Llucmajor, Mallorca. Some people have suggested that Harris was murdered.[incomplete short citation]
Author Chapman Pincher states in his book, Their Trade is Treachery, that it is possible that Harris had been eliminated by the Soviets:
"The police could find nothing wrong with the car, which hit a tree, but Harris's wife, who survived the crash, could not explain why the vehicle had gone into a sudden slide. It is considered possible, albeit remotely, that the KGB might have wanted to silence Harris before he could talk to the British security authorities, as he was an expansive personality, when in the mood, and was outside British jurisdiction. The information, about which MI5 wanted to question him and would be approaching him in Majorca, could have leaked to the KGB from its source inside MI5."
- MI5 Profile (archived)