About espionage, secret agents and the harsh reality. In the work ‘The art of war’, by the philosopher and military strategist Sun Tzu, the general of ancient China affirms, according to his proven experience, that “[…] a brilliant ruler or a wise general who can use the most intelligent for espionage can be sure of victory. Espionage is essential for military operations, and armies depend on it to carry out their actions”. From the Mesopotamian civilization, back in the third millennium BC, to the current era, passing through ancient Rome, everything type of empires, the two great world conflicts of the 20th century or the Cold War, the motives of territories, rulers and factions, enemies of each other, to spy on the other, have always been present.The methods change, the intention persists.
Espionage, idealized in the cinema by the hand of the always effective James Bond, at the service of His Majesty, with a license to kill and caricatured in the adventures of Goscinny and Uderzo as Ceroceroseix, in the comic ‘Asterix’s Odyssey’; parodied on the big and small screen with the hilarious Austin Powers of the British Ministry of Defense and the clumsy and very desperate Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 of the secret spy agency CONTROL who was fighting against KAOS; and even brought to comics by the great Ibáñez, with the patriotic spies Mortadelo and Filemón (information agency), in the ranks of the TIA since 1969 and who have given many of us such good times.
But it is not a subject to be laughed at. Not only at the military level, they watch us all. Governments, companies, apps, devices, operating systems, voice assistants… And if something has become clear after the numerous digital espionage scandals in recent years, it is that for large corporations it is more profitable to ask for forgiveness than permission. And they don’t even need it: it’s a systematic espionage consented for not reading the conditions of use. To paraphrase the Party’s slogan from George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’: “Who controls the data of the past controls the future; who controls the information of the present, the past.” “Big Brother is watching us” is serious business.
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