Who Wants to be a Spy? MI6 Advert to Recruit Intelligence Officers

MI6 Newspaper Advert

少し前の11月の中頃、イギリス情報局秘密情報部(MI6)が、イブニングスタンダード紙やエコノミスト誌等メディアに、スパイ求人の全面広告を掲載した。スパイの求人広告なんて、嘘みたいな話だけれど本当。ちなみにイギリスの情報機関は、国内治安維持を担当するイギリス保安局(MI5)と国外での諜報活動を行う秘密情報部(MI6)に分かれていて、この広告はMI6のもので。

この広告は、MI6の情報部員・ジェームズ・ボンドのようなアクションもこなす格好いいヒーローといった、一般の人々が抱くイメージとは逆に、MI6の求めるスパイの資質は、もっとありきたりなものだと言う。例えば、あらゆる国や文化のバックグラウンドを持つ人と上手く人間関係を築ける能力が重要。そして、白人男性だけではなく、イギリス国籍さえ有していれば、出身地や性別は関係なし。また孤独な一匹狼でなく、常にサポートを受けられるし、世界を飛び回る仕事というより、多くの職務はロンドンの本部で行われるので、普通の家族生活を送る事も可能だ。もちろん秘密保持は厳守で、個々人の職務内容や仕事への応募も秘密。入局後は、ごく少数の家族や親友に打ち明ける事はできるけれど、その他の人々に対する偽のアイデンティティを作る手助けもしてくれる。

この広告が出た後、「target elimination specialist(ターゲットを排除するスペシャリスト)求む:給与5〜6万ポンド+成功報酬」なる偽物の求人広告が、政府の求人情報告知に使われるウェブサイト・Directgovに現れたそうだ(ガーディアン紙)。現実は、MI6の初任給は年2万4500ポンド(約325万円)と、決して高くない。かっこよさそうだけれど、好きじゃなければできない仕事かも。

A little while ago in the mid-November, Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) or MI6 put an full-page advert to recruit Intelligence Officers on the media, such as Evening Standard or Economist. Sounds unreal, but it’s true. UK govenment has two divisions of Intelligence: MI6 supplies foreign intelligence and MI5 is in charge of domestic intelligence, and this is the advert by MI6.

The advert tries to change general public’s stereotypical image of spy, a cool hero who perform high-speed chases and shoot-outs in casinos, like MI6 agent James Bond in 007 movies. Instead, the qualities that MI6 look for are more ordinary and more subtle, such as simple ability to get on with all sorts of people from all kinds of cultures. The advert also denies the white, male stereotype, and they don’t care gender or where you’re from, as long as British national. Spay is not unlikely a loner, and intelligence is a team game and every member is constantly supported. Many operational jobs are in our London HQ, instead of international mission, and fit well with family life. Still secrecy has to be kept, and the details of work is secret and candidates are asked not to discuss their application with anybody. The candidate will be able to disclose a role to one or two close friends or family after joining MI6, and receives a help to create a cover story for everyone else.

After this advert, a fake advert on the directgov website, used for government recruitment, seeking a “target elimination specialist”: £50,000-£60,000, with “performance bonuses on completion of missions” (the Guardian). In reality, it is said that first year’s salary at MI6 is only £24,500 and not as glamourous as you think – you can’t do it if you are not passionate about your job as an intelligent agent, I guess.

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