A Politics-and-Sex Scandal that Rocked Britain in the 60s. A central figure, Christine Keeler, dies at 75

The story is here at the Guardian (UK).

At the height of the Cold War, only a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the gorgeous teenage model had simultaneous affairs with a Russian diplomat and Britain’s secretary of state for war, John Profumo.

Profumo, a senior figure in Harold Macmillan’s Tory government, was married and, of course, privy to all the country’s military secrets.

What sealed Profumo’s fate was false denial of the affair in a speech to the House of Commons.

Sexual hanky-panky with a mistress, tut-tut.

Sharing the mistress with the country’s greatest enemy when you know state secrets and could be blackmailed, well, a bit of a problem.

Lying to fellow MPs, goodbye.

In the wake of the scandal, Keeler posed for one of the great photos of the era.

 

 

 

 

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