EU Warns of Dangers of Interns

As Bill Clinton found out, female interns can be dangerous. Now the EU central government is issuing an official warning about dangerous femme fatales within its perimeters. From the UK Telegraph:

Paranoid Brussels security officials fear that Eurocrats might be susceptible to the attractive guise of the “pretty trainee with the long legs and the blonde hair”.

Every year hundreds of “stagiares”, or interns, work at the Commission’s Berlaymont HQ in Brussels. Many of them are young, female and some, it has been claimed, are engaged in espionage. Other covers said to be assumed by spies or agents, hired by industry or foreign powers, include people who have day to day contact with European Union officials, such as lobbyists or journalists.

A confidential memorandum sent in December by Stephen Hutchins, the Commission’s director of security, warned that “the threat of espionage is increasing day by day”.

One woman, working in an EU institution on a six month internship, suggested that the idea of glamorous female spies might be more about male fantasy than reality.”I think men working here in boring jobs would love to believe that sexy women spies were after their bodies and their secrets. I personally think it is unlikely,” said Petra, a 24-year old stagiare from a Baltic country.

Now, would you ever hear a CEO warning people about dangerous secretaries? Not so much.

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Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

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