The Wyndham book also sheds light on the attitudes of MI5 at the time: after Chapman-Walker had left
We asked MI5 to send someone round. Someone duly arrived. From him we learnt that MI5 knew all about it. Profumo, he said, had certainly been in and out of Miss Keeler's place and people in authority had warned Mr Profumo against the association. They were sure, however, there had been no security risk. Why, we asked the man from MI5, why had we not been told about this before? 'This is a free country,' he replied, 'not a police state.'
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