Great Britain: End of the Affair?

With speed and resolution that were conspicuously lacking when they popped the closet eleven years ago, Her Majesty's government moved last week to reinter Britain's Public Skeletons 1 and 2: Donald Duart Maclean, now 48, and Guy Francis de Money Burgess, 51, the blue-eyed Foreign Office homosexuals whose 1951 elopement to the Soviet Union prompted one of then-Secretary of State Dean Acheson's rare outbursts. Said he: "My God, Maclean knew everything!"

On a tip from M.I.6, Britain's overseas intelligence branch, the government learned that the Red queens—they have long since parted—might...

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