Sex video prompts British diplomat’s resignation

Hudson video

Hudson video

The British Foreign Office has confirmed that one of its officials stationed in Russia has resigned following the emergence of video footage which shows him cavorting with two prostitutes. British diplomatic sources have identified that James Hudson, a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, is indeed the man shown having sex with prostitutes in a black-and-white surveillance film, which was probably shot in a brothel in the Russian city of Ekaterinberg. Mr. Hudson was Britain’s Deputy Consul General in the city, also known as Yekaterinburg, which is a major industrial center and is described as “a key outpost for British trade”. The explicit video, which was anonymously posted on a Russian news website under the title “Adventures of Mr Hudson in Russia”, is thought to have been shot by agents of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in what is known in espionage circles as a “honey trap”. Mr. Hudson joined Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1994 and served in Bosnia, Cuba and Hungary prior to being posted in the Russian Urals. He is not believed to be working for British intelligence, so it appears that the FSB “merely [took] advantage of an opportunity which presented itself” in the course of its routine surveillance of foreign diplomats stationed in Russia. This incident is the latest in a series of recent encounters between Russian intelligence and British diplomatic interests. It includes a bizarre accident, last December, in which British diplomat’s car hit and a senior FSB official in Moscow.

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