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Munsinger refuses all interviews

If Lucien Cardin had kept his mouth shut on March 4, 1966, the sensational political sex scandal may have never surfaced. But, fuelled by taunts, the Liberal minister implied that a German playgirl and alleged KGB spy had relationships with top ministers in Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's government. In the frenzied atmosphere of the Cold War, Cardin's allegations sent the country into a tizzy, sparking the first political sex scandal in Canadian history.

The Munsinger affair is big news worldwide. Everyone wants an exclusive with the elusive Gerda Munsinger. Despite offers as high as $35,000 from competing news organizations, Munsinger refuses to give interviews, saying she is suffering from "acute, nervous meltdown." CBC reporter Norman DePoe describes the international media frenzy outside her apartment in Munich.
• CBC reporter David Halton, also reporting outside Munsinger's Munich apartment, said that he was skeptical of her "meltdown" because he saw her laughing and getting deliveries of beer, scotch, oysters and steaks.

• In 1953, Munsinger was refused entrance to the United States, fuelling rumours that she was indeed a spy. Pierre Sevigny
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: March 12, 1966
Host: Bruce Rogers
Reporter: Norman DePoe
Duration: 1:32

Last updated: April 16, 2013

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