'Are you going to drop a Hellfire missile on Jane Fonda?'
Tempting, but no.
Perhaps equally importantly, the background was one of gay-bashing in the US Establishment, who regarded homosexuals as a security risk (because, in typical backwards thinking, the Russians might blackmail them...which could not happen if their behaviour was regarded as unexceptional.)
Even if the CIA had regarded homosexual behavior as unexceptional, society as a whole had not. Societal attitudes just hadn't evolved to that point yet. The risk was less outing the asset to his bosses, and more that he would be outed to friends, family, and neighbors. Consequently, concerns over Soviet-bloc blackmail plots were not as backward was we may like. Nowadays, that should be less of a concern considering public attitudes have changed overall.
Whilst I congratulate the man for subsidising research and giving to worthy causes I have to wonder if he would do so much if he was not one of the worlds richest man [sic].
This is some twisted logic.. Of course he wouldn't do so much if he weren't so rich! He would be incapable of doing so. While Microsoft's business practices are deserving of scrutiny, I fear most of the vitriol aimed at Microsoft and Gates is motivated by envy, or "tall poppy syndrome," or some variant. In the final analysis, the man is a successful business person who's earned his money, and can do with it as he pleases.
Parole and probation are two entirely different things.
Parole is deferred sentence from prison.
Probation is issued after you have spent some time in prison.
Actually, it's the other way around.