Some German officials have become so paranoid over revelations of NSA surveillance and CIA spying, that they are considering dropping computers for communications and going back to typewriters. They are also playing classical music during meetings to thwart American bugging devices. [Read more…]
Target has hired former CIA operative Jonna Mendez as an online “Kid’s Gift Detective” to help parents shop for their children and hide the presents. She was the “chief of disguise” with the agency, working in the Office of Technical Service, which she describes as having something like the function of Q in the James Bond movies. Her husband, Antonio, was the CIA agent in Iran played by Ben Affleck in the movie Argo.
I was not aware that children are particularly secretive when it comes to what they want for Christmas, to the point that parents need cloak and dagger tradecraft to get them to reveal that information. I guess the common element in being a spy and shopping for Christmas presents is a lot of sneaking around. See some of the tactics she recommends after the jump. [Read more…]