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The Voice Of Infamous Spy Guy Burgess
The only known audio recording of infamous Cambridge spy Guy Burgess has been released to the world for the first time.
The clip was recorded in 1951 just three weeks before Burgess defected from Britain after working as a KGB spy for the Soviet Union during World War Two and the Cold War.
In the tape, Burgess is speaking at an informal dinner party in New York.
The former Cambridge graduate recalls one of his favourite anecdotes - a day in 1938 when he visited Winston Churchill at his home in Chartwell, Kent.
At the time, Mr Churchill was then a lonely figure in the Conservative Party and was at odds with his government over how to tackle Nazi Germany.
The visit took place soon after the then prime minister Neville Chamberlain had returned from Munich after signing a deal with Hitler.
In the clip, Burgess says: "I am now recording. I'm not in the least shy. I am extremely tired. I am now recording for the third time - because I think the story is of interest - my interview with Mr Winston Churchill in September 1938.
"I rang Mr Churchill up and said could I come down, and he said 'Yes, by all means'."
The recording was retrieved by the FBI's archives in Washington DC after a freedom of information request was submitted by Stewart Purvis, a visiting professor at City University London, and Jeff Hulbert, a City research fellow.
Mr Hulbert told Channel Four news: "What is striking is that his voice betrays no hint of tension. This is remarkable because less than four weeks later he would defect to the Soviet Union with Donald Maclean."
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