“Anyway we were just talking and we’d like to go home now. So, uh, thanks for the bruises and you can keep the stool samples…” — Emmet Fitz-Hume, Spies Like Us
“But, the game’s out there, and it’s play or get played. That simple.” — Omar Little, The Wire
The Saturday matches were informal but competitive. The players, a mix of Australian locals and some foreigners from Canberra’s diplomatic community, generally divided into two evenly matched teams, would usually play for a couple of hours… and ASIO was watching
As Olympic training became more detailed, more scientific and more complicated, France created an agency within its sports ministry. Its nondescript name – Preparation Olympique et Paralympique – masked a more ambitious purpose: to boost medal counts through athletic surveillance, as much Spy Games as Olympic Games, under the direction of Fabien Canu, a man whom competitors called the French James Bond.
Two months ago, Barcelona announced an internal investigation Tuesday after reports in Spain claimed that the club had commissioned detective agencies to spy on a number of their star players.
The Catalan giants confirmed on their official website that the club spent a total of 3.1 million euros ($4.04 million) on “espionage” between 2008 and 2010.
Thirty years ago guards removed divers who tried to swim underneath the yacht Australia II to look at the keel. Charges of illegal espionage were brought against the New York Yacht Club.
Shit still happening…
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You may have noticed a theme developing here, and that’s because this week we learned that two Carlton Football Club wore a wire when they visited the chemist who supplied Essendon’s controversial supplement program.
This is the Carlton I love.
As a bonus, here are the 15 Greatest Sports Moments from The Wire
… and as a further bonus, here’s 20 from Saved By The Bell.
On that note, I’ll show myself out