James Bond has changed his profile picture

A social network for secret agents? Sounds like a contradiction in terms. But A-Space, a forum for U.S. personnel working for agencies like the CIA, FBI and NSA, goes live Sept. 22. "It’s every bit Facebook and YouTube for spies," Michael Wertheimer, assistant deputy director of national intelligence for analysis, told CNN. We can assume that’s not his real name. In fact, everyone’s photos and IDs on A-Space are probably fake. Which really makes it no different than MySpace. Does A-Space allow "friending" and "pokes," or are users under strict orders to disavow any knowledge of such actions? Given the sensitive nature of the site, advertising—even for Walther PPKs, jetpacks and Aston Martins with ejection seats—is presumably out of the question. Still, monetization won’t be a problem, as highly classified information is always for sale to the highest bidder. By the way, if you’ve read this far, you’ve become a security risk, and I’m afraid I have to kill you—or banish you to Friendster, where you’re even less likely to be heard from again.

—Posted by David Gianatasio