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Cambridge Five Spy Ring Members 'hopeless Drunks'

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-28143770

Members of the Cambridge Five spy ring were regarded by their Soviet handlers as hopeless drunks incapable of keeping secrets, newly-released files suggest.

Documents from the Mitrokhin Archive have been opened to the public for the first time after being kept at a secret location for more than 20 years.

The FBI described them as the most complete intelligence ever received.

Major Vasili Mitrokhin smuggled the information out of Soviet archives during 12 years working for the KGB.

He defected to Britain in 1992.

Among the thousands of pages of documents are profiles outlining the characteristics of Britons who spied for the Soviet Union.

They include references to Donald Duart Maclean and Guy Burgess, two of the five men recruited while studying at the University of Cambridge during the 1930s.

'Drunkenly dropped documents'

A short passage describes Burgess as a man "constantly under the influence of alcohol".

Written in Russian, it goes on to recount one occasion when Burgess drunkenly risked exposing his double identity.

Were some of them plants to keep the Russians distracted?

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