- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Norwegian authorities claim Russian spies have been blackmailing politicians, including members of parliament, into revealing state secrets by enticing them with vodka and sex. 

Norway’s Police Intelligence Service (PST) said Russian agents have been reverting to Cold War tactics to ensnare the “naive” politicians during their visits to the Russian Federation, giving them duplicitous gifts like vodka and offering them sex with attractive women, The Independent reported.

Arne Christian Haugstøyl, PST’s head of counterintelligence, said the unlucky politicians are then threatened with prosecution over their acts unless they hand over information.

Mr. Haugstøyl said the Norwegians were too trusting, easily falling in the Russian “honey traps,” and he said Norwegian authorities suspect a “large unknown figure” may have been the victim of the dastardly tactic.

“It is an alarming development that we must be aware of,” Mr. Haugstøyl said, the Independent reported.

Andrey Kuliko, a spokesman from Russia’s Oslo embassy, denied the accusations saying, “These allegations are scandalous and nothing but lies.”

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