A spy has no country, no destination, no permanent residence and, truth be told, more often than not, not even a fixed family. But his challenges don’t end there; he’s even made to change his religion and adopt that of the country he’s spying on and collecting information from. Where might he end up, after being recruited for an undercover operation is something none can tell, not even the secret agent himself. And that being said, life’s even tougher when you work for some of the world’s most feared intelligence agencies, the likes of which include Israel’s Mossad, Britain’s MI6 and America’s CIA. Excelling in counter intelligence and excelling in creating and averting cyber attacks are everyday realities in the life of the one mired in clock and dagger operations.
And recently, to add to the long list of woes of those who are engaged in espionage, there came to life certain truths about some Afghans. They had been, allegedly, spying for the CIA.
For over half a decade, and in some cases, for a period upto even a decade, there were agents recruited by the CIA to collect information from every nook and corner of Afghanistan. But the same men today, as it turns out, have been left to fend for themselves and are faced with a real existential threat. So what is that?
Apparently, the Afghans who worked clandestinely for America have no paperwork to get US visas. There are men, in remote rural areas of Afghanistan, a hot spot for the US to take action against Taliban, who happens to be just one of the dozens of men who worked for the CIA.
His job was to gather information on the Taliban’s actions, the malicious organisation composed of bandits that to this day, holds control of several regions, once again, in Afghanistan.
But it is men like Rahmat, who despite carrying out several secret operations for the Americans, is left to prove his real identity and even the very fact that he did work for the CIA. And just what is the reason behind such an unwanted or despicable situation?
The unavailability of documents. So what does that entail or lead to? It simply means former agents like Rahmat, though not officially on CIA payroll, have no way to prove that he worked undercover for the elite spy agency. There’s no contract, to this date, with men like Rahmat and several others like him, that could justify his employment. And since there’s no paper, there cannot be a plausible reason to get a visa to move to the United States.
But make no mistake for that isn’t the only problem confronting men like Rahmat. Now that the US forces are withdrawing from several parts of the country, these formerly engaged ‘spies’ are left to look after themselves, which isn’t a spectacular piece of news since they run the risk of facing Taliban retaliation.
Perhaps it is situations like these that go on to prove that despite being loyal to an agency and having done your best, putting your life to great risk, in the end, you are nobody’s responsibility in the spy world. And that the only thing that’s certain is barren uncertainty in this hazardous sphere of life!