The scandalous case of John Vassall

The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew

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The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey
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Thu 25th Apr 2019

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Where:The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew TW9 4DU
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:14:00 – 15:00
Admission:£5. Book ahead.
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About the event

In 1962, while working as a clerk in the British Embassy in Moscow, homosexual civil servant John Vassall was caught in a ‘honey trap’ sprung by the Soviet Secret Service. He was blackmailed into passing secrets to the Soviet Union and as a result sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for espionage.

Our contemporary records specialist Mark Dunton delves deeper into this scandal - one of a series that rocked the Macmillan government in the early 1960s, feeding into a national obsession with spy culture at the time.

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