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From Mata Hari to Ana Montes: why women spy better

Women have been and are present in the secret services hidden behind different roles that have allowed them to obtain intelligence information. In fact, today in Spain, The National Intelligence Center (CNI) is led by a woman, Esperanza Casteleiro.

As Carmen Posadas says in License to spy (Espasa, 2022), if there is a field where the “women’s weapons” It’s in espionage. “Since ancient times there have always been women who combined intelligence, courage, left hand and a lot of ingenuity.”

Example of this are the vishna kanyas or poisonous ladies. Two hundred years before Christ, in ancient India, dozens of girls were trained by making them eat poisons to turn them into walking bombs. It was said that a kiss from him could end the life of any person.

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