April 18th, 2012
07:38 PM ET

Sex and espionage: A long and sordid history

By Tim Lister, CNN

Call it the flip-side to torture: using seduction to extract valuable information. It’s as old as the Old Testament – literally. Delilah used deception and seduction to find out the secret of Samson’s strength. His hair was never to be cut. So off she went to tell the Philistines – and his precious braids were shaved as he slept.

The lure of sex has been the stuff of both spy fiction and real-life scandals ever since.

“Let's face it, historically women — and prostitutes in particularly — have been used to infiltrate or get information," Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Tuesday, referring to the unfolding scandal over the conduct of Secret Service agents in Colombia.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) chimed in: "Who were these women? Could they have been members of groups hostile to the United States? Could they have planted bugs, disabled weapons or in any other (ways) jeopardized security of the president or our country?"

Nothing has been made public to suggest information about President Barack Obama’s visit to Colombia was sought or given during the encounters between Secret Service personnel and the Colombian women they met – either in the Play Club or subsequently at the agents’ hotel.

But whether from conviction or for profit, women – and men – have traded sex for secrets for centuries. The most (in)famous case of the modern era involved Mata Hari, the Dutch-born exotic dancer who took up residence in Paris after a failed marriage. She appeared virtually nude on stage in a jewelled bra and little else – and was soon the talk of the town, becoming the mistress of a wealthy industrialist and involved in many more liaisons, some with military officers.

But she was also – allegedly – a German spy, code-named H-21. There are as many differing accounts of her spying as of her dancing – with some suggesting that she had an arrangement with the German consul in the Hague to pass on information about enemy war plans. British intelligence supposedly got wind of the arrangement and she was arrested in February 1917. Part of the otherwise flimsy evidence against her was secret ink found in her hotel room, which she said was make-up. Protesting her innocence to the end, Mata Hari was executed by firing squad. But her name has since become a byword for the seductress seeking secrets.

The Cold War provided plenty of opportunities for so-called “honey-pot” scandals. A Marine Sergeant – Clayton J. Lonetree – posted at the U.S. embassy in Moscow in the 1980s was convicted of espionage after giving secrets to a 26-year old translator who worked at the embassy. At his trial it emerged that the woman had introduced him to a man she described as "Uncle Sasha," who inevitably was a KGB operative.

Lonetree’s sentence was later reduced when it emerged that some of the secrets he was alleged to have passed on were in fact betrayed by CIA agent Aldrich Ames, And in Lonetree’s defense, the commandant of the Marine Corps said his motivation “was not treason or greed, but rather the lovesick response of a naive, young, immature and lonely troop in a lonely and hostile environment.”

Using sex for secrets goes “both ways.” John Vassall was a British official posted to Moscow in the 1950s as a clerk to the Naval Attache. Plied with alcohol at a party, he was photographed by the KGB in a compromising situation with several men. He was blackmailed – and passed thousands of classified documents to the Russians in the following decade.

A British journalist in Moscow, Jeremy Wolfenden, got into similar trouble in the 1960s. But he told the British embassy that he’d been caught in flagrante, and was asked to become a double agent. The stress of having both MI6 and the KGB breathing down his neck is said to have led to heavy drinking and his premature death at the age of 31. Wolfenden’s short life became the subject of a book by Sebastian Faulks, “The Fatal Englishman.”

The East Germans may have been the best at using the lure of sex to gather intelligence, but in a unique way. The long-time head of the Stasi (East German intelligence service), Markus Wolf, deployed “Romeos” to West Germany and later wrote in his autobiography: “If I go down in espionage history it may well be for perfecting the use of sex in spying.”

In the 1950s, Wolf dispatched an agent called Felix to Bonn, who befriended a woman called Norma employed in the office of the German Chancellor – by waiting at her bus-stop. They even married, and he got to know many of her colleagues. Then one day, she came home and he was gone – pulled back to the East after Wolf got wind of an investigation by West German intelligence services.

Marianne Quoirin, author of “The Spies Who Did It For Love,” tells the story of another West German woman who as a former nun refused to have sex with her “Romeo” until they were married. So the Stasi staged a wedding, providing both priest and mother-in-law. The Stasi would do detailed research on targets, examining their previous relationships and hobbies.

One Stasi agent, Gerhard Beier, worked in West Germany for nearly 20 years before the Berlin Wall came down. "I was fulfilling my patriotic duty, and it wasn't unpleasant," he said later in an interview. Altogether some 40 German women were prosecuted for passing secrets to East German Romeos.

Perhaps the most dramatic case of seduction in recent times involved Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu. In 1986 he visited London and provided the Sunday Times with dozens of photographs of Israel’s alleged nuclear weapons program. But Mossad was on his trail and a female agent – Cheryl Ben Tov – befriended him (reportedly bumping into him at a cigarette kiosk in London’s Leicester Square.) She lured him to Rome for a weekend, where he was drugged and spirited to Israel.

Vanunu was convicted of betraying his country's secrets and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Ben Tov later became a realtor in Florida.

Using sex for information or as blackmail doesn’t always work. When Indonesian President Sukarno visited Moscow in the 1960s, the KGB sought to take advantage of his renowned sexual appetite, sending a batch of glamorous young women posing as air hostesses to his hotel. When the Russians later confronted him with a film of the lurid encounter, Sukarno was apparently delighted. Legend has it he even asked for extra copies.

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    April 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
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      I'm not concerned with what these agents did in their own homes, or what they collect. I'm concerned with them bringing strangers into their hotels while on assignment. This isn't a "consenting adults" issue, it's an issue of the duty and increased accountability that comes with volunteering to be a Secret Servict agent.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
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    Maybe the obvious solution is for the agent's government to provide its own concubines to prevent them from being lured to foreign ones.

    After all, isn't the government really just in the business of screwing people anyway?

    April 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  19. Robert

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    Those secret service guys in Columbia are idiots. Why didn't they just pay the woman and diffuse the whole situation, none of this would have been in the news. They are obvioulsy not getting the brightest bulbs as agents, but I suppose a job acting as a human shield may not attract the smartest.

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      April 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
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    To see more examples of this behavior read my novels about the Middle East:
    king of Bat'ha .........and ensuing sequel due out by summer 2012 - Tales from the East: Return of Ivanhoe.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
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    Just like 007. hehe

    April 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  33. Ted Striker

    Why not have sex with them and feed them disinformation? You will be a hero just for tapping that a zzz !

    April 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • 00semen

      he he he, the colombianas didn't get paid. Our boys tapped that a zzz literally and also figuratively

      April 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • 00semen

      Unfortunately our boys didn't expect that the colombianas would also be blowing thei cover, he he he

      April 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
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    April 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
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    Immoral, silly and deplorable Americans! They took an oath to serve, protect and defend the Commander-in-Chief and the United Stated and they had to disgrace themselves and their country like this? Such a worthless bunch of scumbags acting like teenagers lusting at the centerfold of a playboy magazine! This country is going to the dogs! Overseas our soldiers are already involved in reprehensible and deplorable acts of killing civilians and pissing on their corpses and now posing with the dead, undermining our integrity and disgracing our image, now this? Let's face it, every day I'm becoming more and more ashmed of being an American! Just despicable!

    April 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
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      Read my novels - king of Bat'ha .........and the sequel out by summer 2012 - Tales from the East: Return of Ivanhoe

      April 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
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      Yeah I have no problem adding you to list of targets... Blah blah ;)

      April 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
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      blah blah, so the ex pres got a hummer and the secret service got serviced, what else is new?

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        April 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
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    April 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  37. TG

    Sex has been used as a way to lure any number of people, such as when the Moabites, by Balaam's suggestion (Rev 2:14), used attractive women to seduce Israelite men in order to worship their false god Baal.

    As a result, Numbers 25:1-3 says that "the people started to have immoral relations with the daughters of Mo′ab. And the women came calling the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people began to eat and to bow down to their gods. So Israel attached itself to the Ba′al of Peor; and the anger of Jehovah began to blaze against Israel."

    These crossed the moral boundary that our Creator, Jehovah God, has established. The apostle Paul wrote: "For this is what God wills, the sanctifying of you, that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you should know how to get possession of his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in covetous sexual appetite such as also those nations have which do not know God."(1 Thess 4:3-5)

    April 19, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • madams12

      TG apparently confuses "History" with biblical stories, fables, myth...these stories were written by people, (like Ivanhoe f'rinstance). There "Might" be a reference to some well known place, thing or event in the story BUT remember that these biblical testaments were written hundreds of years AFTER the witnesses and observers were dead ...passed on retold and retold and thus they get "embellished". To take the word of a fictional book verbatim as if it were an eye witness accurate report is easy to do but pointless. Whatever messages therein are offered as PARABLES....just as you remember Aesops Fables, perhaps if you read them as a child....you remember certain key issues from biblcal stories.
      Fiction doesn't make fact.

      April 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
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      April 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
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  39. eileenfleming

    In 2005, I began a series of interviews with Vanunu that culminated in my 3rd book, "BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010" and he told me:

    On 30 September 1986, Vanunu flew from London to Rome with the agent he knew as Cindy and who he thought was a beautician on holiday. Legend has it that it was a ‘honey trap’ but the opportunity for sex already existed in London where they both had their own rooms.

    During the March 2006 taping of “30 Minutes With Vanunu” I asked him, "What were you thinking when you took off with her?"

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    When Vanunu arrived in Rome at what he thought was Cindy sister's home, he was clubbed, drugged, bound and transported back to Israel in either a small yacht or a cargo ship. Just prior to being driven to his closed door trial, Vanunu had been inspired to write his Rome flight number and the word 'HIJACKED" upon his palm and press it to the window of the van he was being transported in. His move was immortalized by a photographer and it so inflamed the Israeli government, that afterwords, when ever Vanunu was being transported to his closed door trial, the windows in the van were curtained or blacked out and he was made to wear a helmet on his head all in attempts to silence him.

    21 April 2012 marks the first day in the 9th year -after 18 years in jail- that Vanunu waits for the Right to leave Israel and is a day of action calling for Vanunu's FREEDOM NOW!
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    Well, if you worked in the military industrial complex during the cold war, you probably were warned about russian spys using sex, and extortion to turn americans. It is not far fetched that these women were sent to compromise the president.

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    April 19, 2012 at 1:54 am | Reply
  42. Osiris

    Israelis are good at one of those things............

    April 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
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    I once was called to jury duty, and the case involved some poor arab guy trying to get laid after hour's of clubbing all
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    So i stonewalled the rest of the jury during the delibrations for hours, the judge came in wanted to know why this
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • toadears

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      April 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
      • 00semen

        toaders, I think they got sufficiently SCREENED. And you may understand women but I understand men, I guarantee you that those women only got misinformation.

        April 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  47. t3chn0ph0b3

    At least the story has provided the American public with more than $47 worth of entertainment. Columbian prostitutes aren't spys, by the way. They're prostitutes. Get a grip, internet.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      Do all males who post here think with the small head or just the extremely young ones? "Good evening, ladies. I'm doing a tabloid story on Americans and their sex habits when traveling overseas. Could you plant this bug under a chair for me? I';ll pay you $2,500".... "Oh no sir, we may be prostitutes but we have honor and morals and we could never take your money for that because we just looooooooveee our Johns so much, especially Americans. Besides, we would NEVER take money if we weren't selling our bodies for it" D-U-H

      April 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
      • Ivanhoe

        read my novel - king of Bat'ha -- and sequel - Tales from the East: Return of Ivanhoe.

        April 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • sliv3r

      ...because spies... are easy to spot. Right? Take everything at face value; no need for counterintelligence... that kind of thing? ^^Definition of complacency^^

      April 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  48. madams12

    Vanunu remains perhaps the most unfamiliar name in the world despite his heroic whistleblowing sacrifice in his effort to warn the world that Israel had WMD and after the vetting he received from world famous nuclear physicists in London it was in 1986 determined that Israel then had approx 200 thermonuclear, neutron and hydrogen bombs in their arsenal though they refused to sign the NPT, or ever allow IAEA inspection and despite the fact that declassified US secret docs revealed that zionists were believe to have stolen pounds of highly enriched uranium from the NUMEC plant in Pennsylvania as traces of it were located at Dimona, their 'textile factory' cum bomb manufacturing facility. Vanunu unlike Daniel Ellsberg served 18 hard years in prison for providing the verified information which Israel chose to keep "ambigious". April 21st will be the the eighth year he has appealed to let him leave that ethnocracy but they prefer to torment this heroic whistleblower who lived his life of conscience for a safer world. FREE VANUNU!

    April 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  49. END NWO

    There were 21 hookers. This is not espionage people. And the story never would have broke unless one out of the 21 didn't get compensated. No espionage here folks.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Vicky Gallas

      Ah yes, no espionage, but certainly a hustle and not really about a prostitute not being paid.

      The US Embassy in Moscow had so many embedded electronic bugs discovered after the USMC scandal that it was decided it had to be completely rebuilt, from the ground up. Lonetree was not the only man involved and it was not an overnight scandal. For a period of time getting clean building materials in was problem-filled.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
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    • Pinko

      Cheap bastards arguing over money with a 3rd world hooker. That's just beautiful, man.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • DD3C

      Agreed....obviously not getting paid she would have "taken one for the team" if a spi or out to find trade secrets as opposed to opening their tactics to a world-wide audience.....too bad the guys were dumb enough to think very attractive well dressed girls would be hanging out in a hotel bar/lobby just to get their groove on for free...if some of them are claiming they were not aware they were "to pay" them...but stranger things have happened, I live in the midwest and know of two guys who have been approached by attractive call girls in a bar setting and were dumb enough to think it was not odd until the "moment" when they were told they get paid......

      April 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • 00semen

      END NWO, you are naive, why would a secret service guy risk a scandal for a few dollars? Those women knew what they were doing.

      April 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  50. noclist

    With a name like secret service you'd think they could get serviced secretly.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Tr1Xen

      LOL

      April 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • DD3C

      that's the best I've seen, ha ha

      April 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  51. ibn Franko

    Only in America is sex considered sordid.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • yeah but

      I have a prize for you in my pocket, please put your hand in there and tell me what you find

      April 19, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply

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