- The Torrid DetailsYou've probably heard the details before, but here's a quick summary: Head of the CIA and respected retired general, David Petraeus, had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Broadwell, having heard the advice that "If he cheats on his wife, he'll cheat on you," grew jealous of Petraeus's relationship with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, and sent Kelley emails warning her to back off. Kelley asked her friend, FBI Agent Fred Humphries, to investigate the emails. His interest in the investigation was so intense that his supervisors pulled him off the case. During the FBI's investigation, flirtatious emails between Kelley and General John Allen were also uncovered.The AftermathFrustrated with his supervisors' handling of the e-mail investigation, Humphries went to a Republican Congressman about the case, which led to all of the above information becoming public and embarrassment for pretty much everyone involved. Petraeus has resigned from the CIA. Broadwell has had her security clearance revoked and computers that had classified documents on them have been removed from her home. Allen has had his promotion put on hold. Kelley has called 911 and requested diplomatic protection (she was appointed an honorary consul by South Korea, which is now reviewing that appointment). And Agent Humphries, the man who made sure this would all be public knowledge, will forever be known as Shirtless FBI Agent.
The Torrid DetailsAllen Welsh Dulles is one of David Petraeus's predecessors as head of the CIA. Dulles was in charge from 1953 to 1961. Although overseeing the agency during the height of the Cold War must have kept him busy, Dulles still found the time to have scores of affairs. He probably even got together with Queen Frederika of Greece: on a 1958 visit to Washington, the queen visited Dulles's office. After they had been alone for an hour, an aide entered the office, but found it empty. The aide heard noises coming from an adjacent room, and soon witnessed the queen and Dulles emerge from said room.The AftermathAlthough Dulles's affairs were common knowledge, and he even hooked up with a visiting head of state, there were zero repercussions for his career or his reputation. David Petraeus must go green with envy every time he thinks about this guy.
- The Torrid DetailsMata Hari, a Dutch national who had lived in the Dutch East Indies, gained fame as an exotic dancer in France at the beginning of the 20th century. She was also a skilled courtesan who had multiple affairs and benefactors. Her travels through Europe and numerous liaisons attracted attention from British and French intelligence officials. When they learned she had accepted money from a German officer, she was accused of spying for the Germans during World War I.The AftermathMata Hari was executed by firing squad in France in 1917. Later investigation showed that the French had no actual evidence of her passing secrets to the Germans. Instead, Mata Hari may have been used as a scapegoat to cover others' intelligence leaks.
Won Jeong-hwaPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYThe Torrid DetailsWon Jeong-hwa is a North Korean woman who, in 2001, said she had escaped from North Korea's oppressive regime. After marrying and then divorcing a South Korean businessman, she had affairs with multiple army officers in South Korea, from whom she gathered information to pass back to North Korea. If you're wondering how Won managed to seduce multiple officers, one source speculates that female spies from North Korea undergo years of sex training, developing their skills in brothels and learning tricks like inserting drug-filled diaphragms to further enthrall their partners.The AftermathAlthough North Korea denied Won was a spy, she was sentenced in South Korea to five years in prison for espionage in 2008.