Venetian Secret Service - Surveillance Report
Bianca is a well-known courtesan in Cyprus and is seen frequently in the company of Venetian soldiers there. This report has been commissioned because it has become known that she is Michael Cassio's lover.
Cassio is a lieutenant in our army and a highly respected leader, so his liaison with Bianca is of concern. There are worries in Venice that a courtesan should have so much contact with a senior leader in the army who has access to confidential information. Given her proximity to the leadership of the army these concerns appear justified.
An informal interview with Bianca took place recently. She did not know that this interview was being noted down by another observer. She admitted that she has had liaisons with soldiers in Cyprus, but stated very firmly that she is now committed to her relationship with Cassio. She also stated that she would never interfere with his work in any way and that she can be trusted. She expressed a sincere hope that Cassio will marry her.
It is recommended that Army leaders posted to Cyprus are made fully aware of Bianca’s reputation and that they ensure that there is no risk to Venice’s security from her involvement with soldiers on the island. The situation should be monitored.