Government cover-ups revealed in secret files on Profumo and Philby

Establishment’s tendency to look after its own laid bare in historical Whitehall papers showing signs of scandal that went ignored

The establishment’s tendency to cover up its own scandals is on full display in the latest releases from Whitehall’s cupboard of secret “too hot to handle” files.

The “top secret and strictly personal” files, known as the cabinet secretary’s miscellaneous papers, date back to 1936 and include material on double agents Kim Philby and John Cairncross, the Profumo affair and corruption concerns over a future Tory home secretary, Reginald Maudling.

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