Who? British diplomat in Russia.
The Cold War is history, but Cold War sexpionage lives on. In July 2009, British diplomat James Hudson was forced to resign his post in Russia after a hidden camera sex tape was posted to Russian websites. The sex tape showed James Hudson having sex with two Russian prostitutes.
According to The Times, “A link to the film, which lasts four minutes and 18 seconds, was posted on a Russian news website under the title “Adventures of Mr Hudson in Russia”. It has been suggested that the film was made by agents from Russia’s FSB — the successor to the KGB — in order to leave Mr Hudson open to blackmail.”
This sounds like a classic honeytrap scenario: sexy operatives lure foreign diplomat into steamy assignation in a hotel room rigged with hidden cameras, and the tape is then used for blackmail. Earlier this year, the British Ministry of Defense reportedly warned troops about honeytraps set by Chinese and Russian agents.
David Randall at The Independent doubts that Russian intelligence set up Hudson. “The episode was widely interpreted as a possible “honeytrap”, but our experiences east of Helsinki make us sceptical. So numerous are brothels in Russia these days, it is most unlikely that Vladimir Putin’s little friends in intelligence are wiring them all up. Nor that Mr Hudson was deliberately targeted. Far more feasible is that the brothel routinely had cameras running for security and blackmail purposes, and they saw a chance to embarrass one of our men in Ekaterinburg.”