3. British journalism's greatest ever scoops: Khruschev denounces Stalin (Reuters, John Rettie, 1956)

The revelation by Reuters correspondent John Rettie that Soviet leader Khruschev had denounced his predecessor Stalin at a secret session of the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party sent shockwaves around the world.

A scoop with truly historic repercussions that would help lead to the Hungary uprising later that year.

Rumour were rife that Khruschev had denounced Stalin – but Rettie was the only journalist to obtain an eye-witness account.

It was single-sourced – but Rettie and is editors decided it was true so decided to run with it.  The story appeared without a byline after Rettie had left the country.



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