You can read 19 more articles this month
FORMER Tory minister John Profumo had a long-running relationship with a nazi spy who may have tried to blackmail him, declassified papers reveal today.
Mr Profumo, who was forced to quit after a notorious 1960s sex scandal involving 19-year-old model Christine Keeler known as the Profumo Affair, met fashion model Gisela Winegard at Oxford in the early 1930s.
According to MI5 files, Ms Winegard worked for German intelligence in Paris during the second world war under the cover of a “commercial information bureau.” They also claim she had an affair with a high-ranking German officer.
The papers include allegations by her US husband Edward Winegard in 1950 that the couple separated in September that year due to her “endearing letters from John Dennis Profumo” written on House of Commons notepaper.
At the height of the Profumo Affair in 1963, MI6 sent a letter and files to MI5 about Ms Winegard’s wartime and postwar exploits and refers to her “association” with Mr Profumo.
The 1963 letter goes on to discuss a rejected 1951 application by Ms Winegard, now reunited with her husband, for a British visa.
The visa application, for a six-week “pleasure visit,” listed “Jack Profumo, MP for South Cattering (sic)” as a reference, the files show.
At the time of the application, authorities believed her visit may be connected to “blackmail activities” the Winegards had recently been involved in.
However the papers did not say who the intended target of blackmail might be.
Mr Profumo himself told MI5 about Ms Winegard, the archives reveal.
A memo reveals that in 1941 he admitted meeting her in 1936 “and got to know her well.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.