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The Rise of the Spy-Next-Door

Waski_the_Squirrel Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 8:22 PM
Those who are interested in a more realistic portrayal of the "spy business" might enjoy the TV show _the Sandbaggers_. The show takes place largely in offices. In fact, the lead character clearly tells another character in the first episode, "We are not James Bond." And yet, what a fascinating show. Action is not the only requirement for entertainment.

Improved technology is changing the spy game, merging once-disparate roles in the intelligence field and favoring an increased download of traditional spy roles to the private sector.

This week, Canada's Postmedia News cited a speech by Richard Fadden, the head of Canada's spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, in which he acknowledged this new reality.

"In today's information universe of WikiLeaks, the Internet and social media, there are fewer and fewer meaningful secrets for the James Bonds of the world to steal," Fadden said. "Suddenly the ability to make sense of information is as valued a skill as collecting it."