How to become Spain's first 007
19 October 2004, MADRID – A university has launched the first course on how to be a James Bond, it was reported Tuesday.
19 October 2004
MADRID – A university has launched the first course on how to be a James Bond, it was reported Tuesday.
The Spanish daily El Pais reported how the National University for Distance Learning (UNED), based in Madrid, is teaching a course in espionage.
The course will be the first of its kind in Spain.
It will be intended to help academics who study intelligence-gathering and will be based on similar courses in the United States and other European countries.
Isidiro Sepulveda, who heads the course, said: "It is not a course to teach yourself how to get into the National Intelligence Centre (CNI)."
The CNI is Spain's equivalent of the CIA or the British MI6 and MI5.
"But the people who do this course will have a great start in going on to those organisations," added Sepulveda.
But just how does an agent like 007 James Bond work?
Sepulveda explained: "They are committed to working for state security and to use information which is in the public as well as that which is classified to make conclusions and predict what could happen in the future.
"They have to keep those who have to make political decisions informed."
Sepulveda insisted that spying had moved on since the days of the Cold War, classically portrayed in earlier Bond films.
Now it is economic secrets which occupy today's spies more than the traditional enemies which preoccupied 007 in the past.
The best known is that of the European Airbus consortium which was said to have lost a USD 6 billion contract to the American consortium Boeing and McDonnell Douglas after the Americans received help from the private spy firm Echelon.
The course will deal with the legal boundaries which spies come up against in the course of their work.
The CNI has to be more respectful of the rule of law than the Israeli Mossad or the MI6.
How to manage information will also be a crucial part of the course; how does a group of spies with potentially different political views manage to keep the same information from leaking?
Sepulveda said: "Agents are going to have more ways of working and more technical ability to sidestep the rule of law.
"The Orwellian dream of Big Brother could come real. And we need to have means to control these services."
Subject: Spanish news