Relationship Tips from the CIA

Lindsay Mills, the former ballerina girlfriend of whistleblower Edward Snowden, found herself in a real-life True Lies this week when she discovered that her man was 8000 miles away, hiding in Hong Kong. I found myself thinking about her unique position when she wrote ‘as I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard…sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes,’ on her blog: Not only might she never see her boyfriend again, but she must ask herself whether she had ever really known him at all. After a messy divorce became public, the Washington Post published a fantastic article about CIA splits – according to the paper the CIA has no official figures…but insiders say it’s astonishingly high. Retired CIA operatives Robert and Dayna Baer, who fell in love while working at the agency (Robert wrote ‘See No Evil’, the memoir on which ‘Syriana’ was based) also shared their thoughts on dating a real-life James Bond. Some of the CIA’s tips are common sense; others are simply surreal. Read more

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