The Unburnable Female Operative

According to Forbes, women make the best spies. They read people and situations, make friends easily, and come equipped with built-in cover stories.

Maybe. But the bottom line is this: Whatever people believe, make the stereotype work for you. Be who everyone expects to see…and you’ll be invisible.
Take it from Agent X, Pursuit’s covert ops consultant. He’d tell you his name, but then…you know the rest.

The female covert operative: the very idea evokes smoky, black-and-white images of leggy, Cold-War Soviet spies laying (forgive the pun) the perfect honey trap for unwitting Western journalists, diplomats, and men who wield power, influence, or (most importantly) information.

Phillip Knightley explodes a few “honey trap” myths in this article for Foreign Policy Magazine, titled: “The History of the Honey Trap.” And in this piece for the Times Online, British journalist Jon Swain describes his romance with a beautiful “Mossad Mata Hari” posing as a photojournalist.

Mostly, these anecdotes reveal a simple truth. The honey trap often comes to naught—sex or romance are exchanged for useless information, if any at all; schemes to ensnare, compromise, and blackmail powerful men (and sometimes women) often fail.

And from the point of view of the private investigator, what’s the use of it? Considering how many of our cases have to do with domestic relationships, how would a honey trap work, exactly? The word “entrapment” immediately springs to mind.


About securityteknews
Ralph Thomas is author of over 32 books on various aspects of conducting investigations, founder and director of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists,CEO of Thomas Investigative Publications, Inc, The Spy Exchange And Security Center and SpyTek Wholesale Imports. Thomas is a member of the Executive Security Council of Griffith Colson Intelligence Service, a private intelligence agency. Thomas's latest project is NAIStv on the Griffith Media TV Network. He has also developed A Native American Store in Georgetown Texas called Tribal Impressions. You can review his person home page off of:

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