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CIA Seeks Locksmiths

Know your picks and tumblers? The CIA wants you.


Long noted for seeking a wide and varied range of job skills, the CIA is now recruiting locksmiths, according to a new job posting on the Agency's Web site.

"The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking locksmiths to work with the best minds in the country while performing a mission critical to our nation," reads the announcement.

Locksmiths, who would be classified as "technical operations officers" within the CIA hierarchy, will "familiarize non-technical people with technical capabilities; do hands-on work; and travel worldwide."

Successful candidates will possess the ability to make parts for lock mechanisms on the fly, according to the job posting.

"Knowledge of electronic and manual safe lock servicing, electricity, and alarms is ideal. Knowing how to operate machinery to fabricate lock parts and tools will be beneficial."

As with many CIA jobs, locksmiths should be ready and able to travel the world applying their specialized skills.

When asked what specific jobs locksmiths might do for the Agency, CIA spokesman Tom Crispell told the Reuters News Agency, "There is a wide range of requirements that the agency would have for which individuals with locksmith capabilities could be utilized, but what they do and how they do it is not something we're going to be able to discuss publicly."

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