Side Gigs

For Hire: CIA Agents

Instead of investigating the financial industry, it appears CIA agents may be aiding it: Politico reports that the CIA has been permitting its agents to sell their services to private companies on the side—and buyers include hedge funds and financial firms. In one case, active-duty officers trained hedge-fund workers in “deception detection,” the art of figuring out whether an executive is lying based on clues during conversation. CIA sources defend the policy as necessary to avoid brain drain.