CLOAK AND DAGGER
The Epic Honey Trap: A Classic Case Shows Just How Far Moscow Will Go
The French ambassador looked like an easy target, but 100 operatives were called on to get him laid, and get him recruited.
“Eh bien, Dejean, on couche.”
With that contemptuous locution, which one might translate very roughly as, “Well, De Jean, one gets laid,” with perhaps the added thought that having made one’s bed, one must lie in it, Charles De Gaulle dismissed his old friend Maurice Dejean from diplomatic service to the Fifth Republic.
It was 1964, six years after the KGB had staged one of its long-running and most elaborate honey traps in Moscow against a Western diplomat. The operation involved over 100 officers and agents of the KGB including, incognito, the head of the Second Chief Directorate, the branch responsible for domestic surveillance and the monitoring or recruitment of foreigners inside the Soviet Union.