25th October 2017
Our speaker, Andrew Lownie, is a former ESU scholar and President of the Cambridge Union, and the author of a highly acclaimed biography of Burgess, the man at the heart of the Cambridge spy ring and linchpin of Cold War espionage.
He treated our audience of seventy members and friends to a riveting story, commenting that he had obtained more information from Russian archives than from ours!
From a highly privileged and conventional background, Burgess worked for the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6 - beyond suspicion of course. Yet for years he was passing highly sensitive information to his Russian handlers. Why?
Although a charming man, he was also a complex one, but there seems to be no answer. One wonders if he himself knew why - or cared.
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