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Jobless high technology workers are beating a path to the doors of Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad, in order to find work.

According to figures obtained from Israeli paper Maariv, Mossad received more than 1,000 applications after it placed a newspaper ad seeking staff needed to expand its technology department. This is a change in policy for Mossad, which used to recruit through making personal contact with potential recruits.

Prospective spies who applied to the newspaper ads, who were largely electronics and computer graduates, were able to apply for positions by email.

The downturn in the US economy has affected the subsidiaries of American IT firms in Israel, which have been forced to make redundancies. In this climate it is also difficult for new graduates to get jobs in the commercial sector. ®

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