For the first time in its history, the UK’s equivalent of the CIA is advertising for agents. The MI6 website says: “Staff who join SIS can look forward to … a stimulating and rewarding career which, like [James] Bond’s, will be in the service of their country.”

For the first time in its history, Britain’s secret service is advertising in the newspapers.

The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), better known as MI6, placed adverts in a number of papers on Thursday for “people we can depend on”.

Under a montage of photographs of exotic locations, an aeroplane and a balaclava-clad man holding a machine gun, the ad read: “We operate around the world to make this country safer and more prosperous.”


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