Our thanks to Martin and Sean for this. Extracts:
An FBI agent with top secret security clearance turned rogue and travelled to Syria to marry a wanted Isil fighter she had been assigned to investigate, it has emerged.
Daniela Greene, who worked as a translator for the agency, had used social media to spy on German jihadist Denis Cuspert, a former rapper who had gone by the moniker Deso Dogg.
Cuspert was a prolific online recruiter for the group, who gained a reputation as one of its most brutal foreign fighters. He featured in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) videos threatening the then president Barack Obama and holding a freshly severed head… [my emphasis]
Just two weeks after arriving, the agent sent emails from inside Syria to an unidentified person in the US showing she was having second thoughts.
“I was weak and didn’t know how to handle anything anymore,” she wrote on July 8. “I really made a mess of things this time.”
The Secret Intelligence Service – more usually known as MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6) – is the foreign intelligence agency of the British government. Last year a number of media outlets announced the intelligence agencies’ intention to hire more female spies – this piece from the BBC. The start of the piece:
UK intelligence agencies say they are recruiting more female staff – and are targeting middle-age and “mid-career” women for jobs.
MI6 and GCHQ advertised on the Mumsnet website [the obvious website for targeting gossipy women into roles requiring confidentiality] for the first time this year, and MI5 has raised its target for women employees to 45% by 2021.
Flexible working and the importance of “high emotional intelligence” are also being stressed in recruitment. [In plain English – people without vaginas need not apply.]
The agencies were responding to calls from MPs to recruit more women. [MPs selected as candidates from all-women shortlists?]
More female spies – what could possibly go wrong?
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