In January 2017, Saturday Night Live released a skit showing Russian President Vladimir Putin blackmailing Donald Trump over a weird fetish-sexual encounter with Russian prostitutes in Moscow.
The video went viral and sparked the online trend ‘pee-gate.’
As many laughed, others seriously wondered whether or not the scenario portrayed in the skit was real.
Sexual activity used to elicit information and then blackmail that person into spying is called “Sexpionage” — and the strategy originates from the KGB, but has been utilized by intelligence agencies around the world.
How It Works
In sexpionage, there are two types of collaborators: the Raven (male) and the Swallow (female).
During the Cold War, individuals who worked as a Raven or Swallow had prodigious seduction skills, enough to get someone in bed, elicit classified information, and then compromise them.
A prime example of a swallow was a gorgeous woman given the code-name ‘Cynthia.’ Cynthia, or Amy Thorpe Pack, volunteered for MI6 and was able to seduce a Polish Foreign Ministry official, retrieving plans regarding Stalin.
A lust for danger and excitement is what motivated Cynthia.
In the end, after numerous operations, Cynthia retired from sexpionage and ended up falling in love with one of the people she seduced.
Don Juan of The Nile, an Egyptian Raven, used his seduction skills to get classified information out of a Secretary at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv. Thereafter he was promoted and built a strong career in sexpionage.
Homosexuality & Fake Affairs
Also in the Cold War, there were cases of homosexual sexpionage utilized by the Soviets, in which discrimination was employed to blackmail them into submission.
There was also fake affairs initiated to start scandals. For example, someone produced a pornographic film of the President of Indonesia; it was later known that the scandal was created by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Sexpionage: Present Day
In several movies, like James Bond and The Interview, you get to witness sexpionage-related terminology.
But getting back to the SNL skit, was Donald Trump blackmailed by an intelligence agency, perhaps a foreign one, like Russia? Or was it a hoax?
It isn’t publicly known if sexpionage still occurs. So for the time being, let’s just hope our Commander in Chief isn’t compromised.