Guy Burgess (1911–1963) was a British diplomat and Soviet agent, a
member of the Cambridge Five spy ring that operated from the mid-1930s
to the early years of the Cold War. His defection in 1951 to the Soviet
Union, with his fellow-spy Donald Maclean, led to a serious breach in
Anglo-American intelligence co-operation, and caused long-lasting
demoralisation in Britain's foreign and diplomatic services. Born into
a wealthy middle-class family, Burgess was educated at Eton College and
Trinity College, Cambridge, where he embraced left-wing politics and
joined the British Communist Party. He was recruited by Soviet
intelligence in 1935, on the recommendation of the future double-agent
Kim Philby. After working for the BBC as a producer, Burgess joined the
Foreign Office in 1944 and served in several sensitive posts, including
a spell as secretary to Hector McNeil, the deputy to Ernest Bevin, the
Foreign Secretary. In the critical postwar period Burgess had access to
information on all aspects of Britain's foreign policy, and may have
passed thousands of documents to his Soviet controllers. He fled to
Moscow in May 1951 and never left the Soviet Union.
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The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a
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