“Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal & Love” – with Henry Schlesinger
Henry Schlesinger (Rare Bird Books) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss two of the most mysterious and alluring forces in human history: sex and spying. He is a journalist and author proudly based out of NYC.
What You’ll Learn
The impact of sexpionage on history
Debunking common “honey trap” myths
Examples of weaponized seduction and leveraged love
Cyber honey traps and digital sexpionage
Psychological implications of love and lies
The relationship between pop culture myths and historical truth
And much, much more …
Sex. Espionage. Sometimes they both overlap by accident...but sometimes it's entirely intentional. From Samson and Delilah in the Bible to the Profumo Affair that rocked British society in the 1960’s, they are a heady and dramatic combination.
But how is sex used in modern espionage? How do the professionals combine them, if indeed they do? What myths surround the use of both? How have men and women used sex and seduction to spy?
To answer these questions and more, Andrew sat down with Henry Schlesinger to discuss his newest book, Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal, and Weaponized Love, which explores the fascinating relationship between sex and spying.
You know about Benjamin Franklin in Paris as a “bon vivant, wily diplomat and aging lion,” but read Henry’s article about him as the “Founding Forger” engaged in disinformation and fake news during the Revolution!
Quote of the Week
“The thing about espionage is that it encompasses the best in human beings and the worst and everything in between.” – Henry Schlesinger.
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Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal, and Love, Henry R. Schlesinger (Rare Bird, 2022)
The Stasi Spies Who Traded Sex for Secrets, Oliver Moody, The Times (2022) [Article]
Romeo Spies, CIA (2018) [Article]
The Brilliant MI6 Spy Who Perfected the Art of the ‘Honey Trap’, Hadley Meares, Atlas Obscura (2017) [Article]
The History of the Honey Trap, Philip Knightly, Foreign Policy (2010) [Article]
Mata Hari, The Spy with Dr. Julie Wheelwright (2019)
Sexpionage with H. Keith Melton (2009)
The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, & Betrayal, H. Blum (Harper, 2017)
In the Garden of Beasts, E. Larson (Crown, 2011)
Stalin's Romeo Spy, E. Draitser (Northwestern, 2010)
Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and Mata Hari, P. Shipman (Harper, 2008)
MEA staffer ‘honey trapped’: What’s the role of sex in spying?, A. Bhaskar, The Indian Express (2022)
The making of an iconic image: Christine Keeler, 1963, Victoria and Albert Museum (n.d.)
Christine Keeler obituary: the woman at the heart of the Profumo affair, P. Sanford, The Guardian (2017)
The Honeytrap That Ensnared One Marine in a Sexpionage Case, C. Burgess, ClearanceJobs (2022)
How to Use Sex Like a Russian Spy, P. Sullivan, Foreign Policy (2010)
Spy History: King Goujian and the Boiled Seeds (2021) [Short Story]
Spies & Spymasters Happy Hour | Soviet Romeo Spy Dmitri Bystrolyotov (2020) [SPY Program]
The Spy Who Loved Me: When East German Spies Broke Hearts In The Cold War (2017) [Documentary]
Delilah Betrays Samson, Judges 16, The Bible
Sexpionage: Why We Can't Resist Those KGB Sirens, M. Dobbs, The Washington Post (1987)
CIA Cover Exposed in Ghana, S. Meddis, USA Today (1985)
Spying Casts Shadow Over Talks, R. Beeston & B. Gertz, The Washington Times (1987)
Soviets Still Employed at Embassy in Moscow, B. Gertz, The Washington Times (1987)
Testimony of George Karlin aka Yuri Krotkov (1969)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Bond: Honey Trapped or Honey Trapper? A little bit of both!