While the world’s attention is understandably focused on the high-tech saga of Wikileaks, it is comforting to know that traditional espionage is not dead. The latest case involves Mike Hancock of the United Kingdom. The 64 year-old Liberal Democrat MP is in hot water following a deportation order issued against his 25 year-old assistant, Katia Zatuliveter.
Mr. Hancock had a history of hiring young, attractive assistants with Russian backgrounds. Just coincidentally, he was a member of Parliament’s cross-party Russian group and the commons defense select committee. He also was a delegate to the Council of Europe and the Western European Union, often supporting positions favored by Russia.
Mr. Hancock’s hiring preferences did achieve some notoriety, but as all too usual in these cases, no attempt at correction:
Mátyás Eörsi, a Hungarian MP and ex-leader of the council’s liberal group – which includes the Lib Dems – said the women were “all the same type: long-legged, good-looking blondes, never older than 25, fluent in French, English and often German, and with a higher education”. He claimed he had warned Charles Kennedy, the former Lib Dem leader, about a potential “scandal” over his MP’s voting record, which was heavily weighted in favour of Moscow.
One wonders is this latest escapade will instill a greater sense of realism among the chattering classes as to the nature of diplomacy and state secrets in a world still driven by great power rivalries.
Read the full story in The Telegraph
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