From Britain With Love: MI6 Seeks Minorities

Spy agency wants women, Asians, Arabs, to help fight terrorism
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2008 4:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Next year's 007's may look more like Charlie's Angels than James Bond, as MI6 seeks to recruit more women and minority agents, the AP reports. The drive, which has netted 20,000 résumés over the past 12 months, welcomes Asian and Middle Eastern language speakers, the disabled, and women—and guarantees that female agents won't be used as "honey pots."

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The need for Arabs and Asians is clear: MI6 is monitoring 200 potential terrorist plots and more than 21,000 suspects. But the drive will also satisfy an upcoming employment equity law that urges organizations to hire minorities. "We need less sexism and a symbol who doesn't always hold a martini glass," said one female MP. (Read more MI6 stories.)

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