Romeos and Swallows

Romeos and Swallows
Romeos and Swallows

Sexpionage is the involvement of sexual activity, or the possibility of sexual activity, intimacy, romance, or seduction to conduct espionage. Sex or the possibility of sex can function as a distraction, incentive, cover story, or unintended part of any intelligence operation. A commonly known type of sexpionage is a honey trap operation, which is designed to compromise an opponent sexually to elicit information from that person. In the KGB, a man who is the seducer in a honey trap operation is known as a raven (Вороны). A female seductress is known as a swallow (ласточка). A “swallow’s nest” was the name given for the double-apartments in which the target would be seduced in one room while next door KGB technicians filmed or taped the entire affair.

Romeos and Swallows

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