- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pinup girl

Tongues were a-waggin’ yesterday when photographs of first lady Michelle Obama emerged from her White House Music Series concert Tuesday night at the White House featuring country crooner Brad Paisley. It appeared the first lady had cut her hair, but she was just teasing us.

“No hair cut, just pinned up,” explains Mrs. O’s spokeswoman Semonti Mustaphi. “Sorry, no news there.”

We feel the entire hair-cuttery biz sighing collectively in disappointment.

Sex, spies, videotape

Now here’s something that will get your attention. The lady spies have learned that the International Spy Museum will host a lecture entitled “More Sexpionage: Continued - Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs” next Wednesday, and some supersexy material will be undercover no more. The museum’s first sexpionage lecture occurred in the summer of 2004 and, not surprisingly, was the most popular among museum visitors.

To demonstrate the role of sexpionage in current affairs, lecturer H. Keith Melton will show an unedited video he has obtained featuring British diplomat James Hudson, a former deputy consul general in Ekaterinburg in the Urals, in flagrante with two women reported to be prostitutes.

Mr. Hudson was forced to resign earlier this month after parts of the “brothel tape” became public, causing a huge uproar in Europe and in the British and Russian intelligence communities.

News of the lecture, about the age-old combination of sex and intelligence gathering, is attracting lots of Curious Georges who, we hear, have been calling the museum inquiring if “More Sexpionage” is as salacious as it sounds.

Yep. Mr. Melton, intelligence author and Spy Museum board of directors member, tells us it’s for “adults only and will feature adult topics.”

According to Spy Museum spokesperson Amanda Abrell, only visitors age 18 and up will be allowed inside, and identification will be checked if visitors appear to be too young.

“I could never speak about this in front of government agencies or in the intelligence community because the content would just offend people,” Mr. Melton adds.

According to Mr. Melton, sexpionage is as old as the Bible, and a good portion of his presentation will discuss the history of the practice.

In fact, he explains, the first intelligence officer was Satan. The devil’s first agent? “Eve, to use sex to corrupt Adam.”

During the Civil War years, a Washington socialite named Rose O’Neal Greenhow utilized “pillow talk” to gain information for the Confederates.

“She was with members of Congress and very high-profile men,” Mr. Melton says of the well-connected agent, whose friends included Vice President John C. Calhoun and first lady Dolley Madison. Her spying is credited with helping the South win the Battle of First Bull Run.

Mrs. G’s techniques have been used through the years by a number of government internal services around the world, according to Mr. Melton.

“They find very attractive women like starlets and actresses who have run into trouble with the law,” he explains. “Instead of prosecuting them, they will tell them they need a favor. Then they run psychological profiles on their targets to figure out if they prefer blondes or brunettes, tall or short.”

The East Germans “were the best at it,” says Mr. Melton, who helped gather some of the artifacts showcased in the museum, including a camera used by the East Germans to see through a hotel room wall.

Shaq attack

If you’re not too hot and bothered by the Spy Museum exhibit, you can get some more heat of another kind, as in former Miami Heat basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, who will be in town on Monday at the Verizon Center for World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night Raw.

Mr. O’Neal will be a celebrity guest host and will arrange the matches and oversee the roster of WWE superstars and divas for the night, we hear.

Classy gig, Shaq!

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