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The British super secret spy service has unveiled a public Web site.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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SIMON: The same week that moviemakers revealed the new James Bond, actor Daniel Craig, the real MI6 opened a portal into its workings that presents an open, accessible, family-friendly British espionage service. MI6 now has a public Web site, www.mi6.gov.uk or sas.gov.uk. The New York Times says the site was created to assist the fight against global terrorism by attracting agents and analysts from a wider pool. It has versions in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

The site features testimonies from a attractive young spies such as a 24-year-old identified only as Peter who says, `Yes, there are mundane parts to it, especially the paperwork, but the feeling of achievement when you persuade a contact to trust you is what does it for me.' Peter, Peter, Peter, no girls painted gold or slightly shaken martinis?

The site says a family atmosphere prevails at their headquarters along the Thames that includes squash and basketball courts, a gym, coffee lounge and bar. `Hey, 007, what about a cappuccino after we shoot a few hoops?' The Web site immediately recorded three and a half million hits. How many came from the nefarious Goldfinger?

Coming up: Television's "Little Britain," more Austin Powers than James Bond.

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