11/26/2012 12:54 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2012

MI6 'Target Elimination Specialist' Job Ad On Government Website Turns Out To Be Fake

You'd expect the job application process for a top-level assassin with Britain's MI6 -- on par with James Bond's "007" status -- would be a difficult affair. One involving shadowy contacts ("don't call us, we'll call you") and strenuous physical and mental examinations.

Think again.

Britain's top spy jobs are available on Directgov, a British government site not unlike Craigslist, according to a cheeky prankster.

Mischief-makers posted a job opening with the Secret Intelligence Service on the site last Thursday. According to the MI6 "Target Elimination Specialist" job description, captured by the Register, the position pays between £50,000 and £60,000 per year, with added incentives for "completion of missions."

Successful candidates must be willing to work on "a non-attributable basis" to help "remove people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of public order." Applicants need not have their own toolkit, as agents receive necessary implements "including passports, special watches, jet packs, mini­submarines and a Walther PPK."

Sky News reports the spy-seeking ad was removed from the website after MI6 confirmed it was fake, though the Guardian notes MI6 has been known to advertise for candidates from time to time.

A recent real MI6 ad in The Economist took a far more subtle tone than the boisterous online wannabe, asking: "What about the image of the globe-trotting secret agent, rushing abroad at a moment's notice?" The ad answered, coyly, "Certainly we're an organisation with an overseas focus, so that does happen sometimes," then equivocated: "Many operational jobs are in our London HQ and fit well with family life."

British officials told the Telegraph they aren't sure how the fake assassin job listing made it onto the Directgov site, but they have pledged an investigation.



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