Monday, September 5, 2016

G20 'Honey Trap' Warning: Fears Prime Minister's Officials Will Be Seduced By Chinese Spies And Have Hotel Rooms Bugged

Tim Ross at the British newspaper the Telegraph offers a piece on British government concerns about "honey traps" - attractive women used for espionage against government officials - when the UK officials travel to China for the G20 meetings.

You can read the piece via the below link: 


  1. Tried-and-true espionage tactics are alive-and-well in 2016! I wonder. What is the trap for female government officials. Now that would make for an interesting spy novel!

  2. R.T.,

    Been done.

    Several West German women were seduced by the East German Stasi during the Cold War and a CIA secretary was seduced by an intelligence officer from Ghana.

    There are other known cases as well.

    In fiction, Tom Clancy's "A Clear and Present Danger' had a Cuban intelligence officer seduce the FBI director's secretary.


  3. Thanks for the feedback, Paul. I wonder. Perhaps I should read Clancy's novel. I've read nothing of his since _The Hunt for Red October_. Yeah, it's been a long, long time.

  4. R.T.,

    Red October is Clancy's first and best thriller, in my view, but I also liked "A Clear and Present Danger." Jack Ryan up against the Cubans and a major Colombian drug trafficker.

    I recall the thriller's good first chapter, in which a Coast Guard cutter takes on a drug trafficker's boat. Good stuff.