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The Profumo Affair

In March 1963, the British Minister of War John Profumo stood up in Parliament to deny that he'd had an affair with a young woman who was also involved with a Russian spy. It was the first public acknowledgement of a sex scandal which engulfed the British government. Photo: PA

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