From the Guardian; emphases mine:
Undercover police officers routinely adopted a tactic of “promiscuity” with the blessing of senior commanders, according to a former agent who worked in a secretive unit of the Metropolitan police for four years.
The former undercover policeman claims that sexual relationships with activists were sanctioned for both men and women officers infiltrating anarchist, leftwing and environmental groups.
Sex was a tool to help officers blend in, the officer claimed, and was widely used as a technique to glean intelligence. His comments contradict claims last week from the Association of Chief Police Officers that operatives were absolutely forbidden to sleep with activists.
In other words: “..but I have to deceive unknowing women into sleeping with me under false pretenses and do tons of recreational drugs that I’d arrest anyone else for possessing! Because it’s…um, part of my job. Yeah, that’s it!”
[A Special Demonstration Squad officer] said undercover officers, particularly those infiltrating environmental and leftwing groups, viewed having sex with a large number of partners “as part of the job”.
“Everybody knew it was a very promiscuous lifestyle,” said the former officer, who first revealed his life as an undercover agent to the Observer last year. “You cannot not be promiscuous in those groups. Otherwise you’ll stand out straightaway.”
This is where I simply must call ‘bullshit’ – before I was an anarchist, I spent a fair amount of my college years in leftist circles (animal rights activists, feminists, greens, etc.) ; and this idea that it’s a raging, drug-fueled orgy of dirty hippies is right-wing nonsense.
In fact, I’m surprised that these people are even able to sleep around so extensively at all – maybe I’m just naive, but I’d think it’d be relatively easy for a seasoned activist to spot an undercover cop.