CIA Seeks Locksmiths

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Long noted for needing a wide and varied range of job skills and expertise, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employs locksmiths, according job posting placed on the agency's Web site in June of 2003.

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

Locksmiths are classified as "technical operations officers" within the CIA hierarchy.

Some of the more tantalizing duties of a CIA locksmith is teaching “non-technical people” to pick locks, while also doing “hands-on work; and traveling worldwide.”

Knowing how to make parts for lock mechanisms “on the fly” in the good old MacGyver tradition is a required part of the skill set.

"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,” read the job posting.

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."