It would not be the first time Taiwanese intelligence agents have gotten in on the act either. In 2004 Donald W. Keyser, a former high-level U.S. State Department official, was accused of passing documents to a female Taiwanese intelligence agent with whom he was romantically linked. He denied he gave up any confidential information, pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to a year in prison.
Stout, who also worked at the U.S. State Department, said that U.S. officials are trained to be on the lookout for potential honeytraps in hopes of avoiding the leaks, but he said training can only do so much.
"Ultimately, the honeypot approach is going to be appealing to intelligence services as long as men like women and women like men."
By policy the U.S. State Department does not comment on the authenticity of WikiLeaks cables and U.S.-based representatives for the Chinese and Taiwan governments did not respond to requests for comment on this report.
ABC News' Clarissa Ward contributed to this report.