The Russian art of obtaining sensitive material on high-profile individuals honey trap to give them leverage is a new word. That has recently entered the vocabulary of those who are interest in the murky worlds of spying and skull duggery. A number of articles have written about cases in which. Individuals have been embroil in scandals, disgrace, and premature termination of their careers since. The term was first used in relation to the dossier that was compile on Donald Trump’s Russian visits.

Recent Cabinet Office documents from 1990s, now available at National Archives. Clearly show that British authorities knew of such operations existed and took the threat very seriously. These documents also show that these operations weren’t just a Soviet specialty.

Although much of the official material on the subject is still close to the public under. Section 3.3.4 of the Public Records Act (some of it dating back to the 1950s or 1960s). Minutes from Whitehall’s Personnel Security Committee dated December 1990 show. How extensive such activity known, and what advice given to counter it.

Cabinet Office Houses

The Cabinet Office houses the committee. It includes representatives from Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the Atomic Energy Authority and Security Service (MI5).

The propose changes made in the context of the fall the Berlin Wall. Only those who were in the EPV extend positive vet or PV TS positive. Vetting top secret positions would be allow to travel to certain countries. However, it was clear that there were still dangers associate with travel to certain destinations.

The update guidance stated that the rules for Travel to Communist Countries had been change. In light of recent developments in Eastern Europe. It is interesting to note that the term Communist Countries has been replace by countries presenting special security risks. An annex included details on the countries most concerning the List A countries. These were Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cambodia (including Tibet), China (including Mongolia), North Korea, Romania and the Soviet Union.

Pitfalls And Trap

They were not in any doubt about the dangers that could be pose by visiting these countries. The authorities warn that government employees could be target for possible entrapment from the moment they file their visa applications. It was not surprising that officials from the Foreign Office or the Ministry of Defence trap were deem the most dangerous, regardless of their clearance.

Having identified a person in interest, the document said, The intelligence service may attempt to take control of that person while they are in the country. This control can be done through surveillance, clandestine entry, and eavesdropping. Although the Soviet Union was the most successful in conducting such operations, it wasn’t the only one.

Russian Intelligence Service, Chinese Intelligence Service and others use the threat to expose visitors, after they have had sex with locals, to pressure them into becoming their employees. Visitors should be cautious about entering into friendships that might draw the attention of local intelligence services.

The document also warned about sexual liaisons and currency transactions. It also mentioned dealing in black market items, carrying certain types of literature, and carrying certain kinds of correspondence. Local authorities may approach visitors who fail to avoid these traps to ask for their cooperation. If possible, such undertakings should be avoided.

Recent allegations suggest that it is possible to hope that the Personnel Security Committee will continue to warn British politicians and civil servants about the dangers of certain types of behavior abroad. However, such warnings have allegedly resulted in low-ranking officials visiting the UK to try to gain the attention of their hosts. However, such proactive preventative actions by the authorities can only protect individuals from the human frailty that comes with foolish behavior.