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Markus WolfThe Torrid DetailsAn East German spymaster who wanted to keep tabs on West Germany in the 1950s, Markus Wolf came up with the idea of training handsome men to be "Romeo spies." Numerous men went into West Berlin and began using romance as a weapon, seducing women who worked for the West German government in order to get acess to state secrets.The AftermathWhen West German authorities realized what was happening, they did a better job of tracking potential Romeo spies who came to West Berlin. Authorities also arrested several women. Three were convicted of espionage, but all of their sentences were light as the circumstances behind their betrayal were taken into consideration.
- 12The Torrid DetailsWhile he was working in Moscow in 1954, Soviet spies took compromising pictures of low-level British diplomat John Vassall participating in a drunken orgy with other men. Vassall was a closeted homosexual and, given the climate at the time, he felt he had no choice but to start giving classified documents to the Soviets. His passing of information continued after he returned to Britain in 1956.The AftermathVassall was caught in 1962, after a tip from American intelligence, and served ten years in prison for his crimes.
Gerda MunsingerThe Torrid DetailsEven Canada has had a spy sex scandal! In the 1950s, Soviet spy and alleged East German prostitute Gerda Munsinger slept with multiple cabinet ministers, including the associate minister of national defense.The AftermathThe cabinet ministers who had been intimate with Munsinger probably thought that their secrets were safe when she was quietly deported in 1961. Unfortunately for them, in 1966 a member of a different political party brought up the scandal in the Canadian House of Commons. The scandal consumed the media, especially when Munsinger was contacted and confirmed that she'd hooked up with multiple government officials.
Elizabeth MasamuneThe Torrid DetailsElizabeth Masamune was an Australian trade official with years of experience and the security clearance to know that Anh Ngoc Luong was suspected of working for Vietnamese intelligence. Neither of those things stopped her from sleeping with Luong, nor from encouraging an Australian bank to bribe Luong to do business with him. Luong stands accused of getting $AU20 million in bribes.The AftermathThis scandal, like the Petraeus affair, is currently unfolding and being investigated. Presumably Luong wishes he had been a little less greedy, so as not to get caught. And though she has insisted that her job duties were not compromised by her relationship with Luong, Masamune probably regrets proving that men are not the only ones who sometimes think with an organ other than their brains.