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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alsop: Soviet Blackmail

WASHINGTON () -- In 1957, during one of the harshest periods of the Cold War, Soviet agents secretly photographed one of America's best-known journalists engaging in a homosexual act in a Moscow hotel room and tried to blackmail him into becoming a spy.

Details of the incident, involving the late syndicated Washington columnist Joseph Alsop Jr., are spelled out in a forthcoming book, "Joe Alsop's Cold War," by columnist Edwin Yoder Jr.

Alsop rebuffed the Soviets and, braving popular prejudice against homosexuals at the time, reported the attempt to U.S. intelligence officials.