Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Alfred Redl

Most members of the security services seem to like boys. Think, for example, of Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, Maurice Oldfield, Tom Driberg or Alfred Redl.

Prior to World War I, Alfred Redl was the Chief of Counterintelligence in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was homosexual and was blackmailed and bribed into becoming a spy for Russia.

In 1898, Redl traveled to Russia. When the Russians discovered Redl was gay, he was recruited by the Russian military.

Redl gave to the Russians the Austrian plan for the invasion of Serbia.

Redl had a relationship with Stefan Hromodka, a young cavalry officer. Redl provided Hromodka with a posh apartment, horses, and a Daimler. When the couple went to public events, Redl referred to his friend as his nephew.

Redl was eventually caught by agents that he had himself trained. Redl's apartment in Prague was searched. Uncovered were sexually explicit photographs of Redl and other Austrian officers.