Unsurprisingly, the story of the Russian spies has been dominating the recent news. It’s the kind of item that draws attention because, well, who really thinks about Russian spies anymore? We live in a post-Cold War era. Terrorism is a bigger threat than the former Soviet Union.
And, to boot, everyone seems so shocked that one of the spies was attractive! And she took naked photos! Gasp! But maybe her idol is Mata Hari, and then it isn’t so unusual. Think about that.
Aside from people googling Anna Chapman to see just what her ex-husband put out there, and Joe Biden’s, “Let me be clear, it wasn’t my idea to send her back,” comment, I’m betting that we’ll see a few other unexpected results from this bust.
1) I’d guess that D.C.’s International Spy Museum has seen an uptick, however slight, in ticket sales.
It’s always busy in the summer (as well it should be – it’s awesome), but just being reminded that spies are still relevant makes me want to go – and I’ve been twice already. The second time I went, we participated in Operation Spy, where you choose a code name and have to go on missions. Don’t laugh – everyone in the group was late 20s and early 30s and so into it. And now it’s even more appropriate than before. You know, as training, just in case the government contacts you and asks you to go to Russia. Or North Korea or something.
2) And speaking of the government sending you places, I have to wonder if there’s been an increase in applications to the FBI and CIA.
It’s not that being a spy, based on this ring, seems so glamorous – especially when you consider that several lived in the Jersey suburbs, had kids (which I have a HUGE problem with, by the way, bringing children into the world just to keep your cover), and lived “normal” lives. But, on the other hand, it also makes it seem like anyone could do it. So why not you? Want to travel? Lie for a living? Live on the edge? Then this is the job for you!
(Side note: I very seriously considered going into an intelligence field. I was deterred by the reminders that I a) am a terrible liar, and b) wouldn’t be able to tell anyone [my mom…or a significant other] about my job. Sigh.)
3) I truly think that more people will go see Salt than would have before.
They probably won’t do it consciously, but based on all the previews I’ve seen there are some pretty big similarities. Hot chick accused of being a Russian spy. Okay, maybe only two similarities (that we [I] know of), but I think that the fact that this spy ring bust was in the news just a month before the movie’s release will affect ticket sales. I doubt I’ll be able to prove that I’m right, so to save time, let’s just assume I am.
What are your thoughts on the story overall? Think it’ll be out of the news as quickly as it appeared? Or are you already thinking, hmm, I could be a spy…?