The spy who beat his wife: The tall, charming and well-connected 'English gentleman' who had blistering rows at the drop of a hat and took his fists to his long-suffering American spouse

Mail Online | 5/1/2018 | Roland Philipps For The Daily Mail
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The two old chums were on the bender to end all benders, two days of unfettered drinking in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. They downed a coma-inducing six bottles of gin before staggering off in search of yet more booze.

They banged on the door of a flat they thought belonged to someone they knew, but was in fact where the U.S. ambassador’s secretary lived. Thankfully, she was not at home. They pushed their way past the startled housekeeper into the flat and ransacked the place.

Drawers - Furniture - Nothing - Anger - Frustration

They emptied drawers and upset furniture and then, having found nothing to drink, in their anger and frustration they went berserk. In the bathroom, they shoved clothes down the lavatory, and one of them picked up a large mirror and brandished it above his head before crashing it down into the bath. The mirror stayed intact; the bath split in two.

Then the pair of them sat weeping alcoholic tears of remorse and self-pity before creeping away, going upstairs to another friend’s flat and passing out.

Behaviour - Men - Mid-30s - Diplomat - Number

It was unseemly behaviour for two men in their mid-30s, but all the more shocking because one of them was a leading British diplomat, ranked number three in the Cairo embassy.

Tall and handsome with an aristocrat’s bearing, Donald Maclean was, on the surface, every inch the perfect English gentleman in his habitual pin-striped suit and bow tie. His sharp brain, photographic memory, grasp of complex situations and air of unflappability had made him a high-flyer in the Foreign Office, a British civil servant par excellence.

Distinction - London - Paris - Washington - Cairo

Charming and well-connected, he’d served with distinction in London, Paris and Washington before arriving in Cairo as the next step on a glittering career path which seemed certain to culminate in him becoming an ambassador. Perhaps even higher up the chain of command — head of the Foreign...
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