Report: Ex-British minister sold secrets to Czechs

LONDON (AP) — Files uncovered in the archives of the Czech Security Service show a former British government minister sold information to communist spies during the Cold War, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The BBC said Thursday it had found files that show Raymond Mawby, an ex-Conservative Party lawmaker who briefly served as a minister in the mid-1960s, provided intelligence to the Czechs from around 1961 to 1971.

According to the report, he offered information on his colleagues and even provided a sketch of the layout of the prime minister's office at No. 10 Downing Street.

Mawby, who left the House of Commons in 1983 and died in 1990, met with Czech spies in upscale restaurants and cocktail lounges. The files said he was targeted as a result of his fondness for gambling.
Associated Press
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