2017-12-03 16:47
CIA recruits Korean-speaking agents


Captured from TwitterBy Park Si-soo
By Park Si-soo

American spy agency the CIA is recruiting agents who can speak Korean.

In a Nov. 28 posting on Twitter, the CIA wrote: “Speak Korean? US citizen w(ith) a college degree? Interest in national security? Your skills are needed here. 1.usa.gov/1qOxdOa”

The CIA didn’t explain why it recruits Korean-speaking agents.

The Korea Times explored the CIA website and the position seems to be a Directorate of Operations Language Officer.

The position requires “advanced foreign language skills combined with cultural experience and expertise to producing high-quality, accurate, and timely translations, interpretations, and other language-related support to DO (Directorate of Operations) clandestine operations,” according to the website.

Applicants need to have native or near-native-level fluency in Korean. The CIA is also recruiting agents fluent in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Dari/Pashto, Persian/Farsi and Russian.

Selected agents are generally assigned to the Washington, D.C., area, but have opportunities for overseas travel, the website said.


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