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Story Behind The Art
Embassies are hotbeds of spying. Many people believe diplomatic chores dominate the work, but in reality the most important function is intelligence gathering. A handler working from an embassy outranks everyone there except the ambassador. Spies have first dibs on embassy resources, including electronics and space in the diplomatic pouch. Needless to say, the intelligence and diplomatic functions view each other with some suspicion. Embassy staff resents the secrecy, clout and lack of apparent accountability governing spies. And to a spy, diplomats are rule-bound desk jockeys who live in ivory towers far removed from real life.