Those familiar with the American TV series Homeland will know that CIA usually uses some sort of safe lines for communication between its HQ and their agents. Well, at least in the series.
In the first episode of the second season of Homeland CIA’s Middle-East Division chief Saul said to former agent Carrie during a phone conversation:
“I can’t talk. We’re on an open line, but we need your help.”
In the second episode there was a conversation David Estes, director of the CIA’s Counter terrorism center and his colleagues Saul and Carrie, who were on a mission in Beirut. However, there was no problem with safe/open lines – they were using Skype.
Katie McLaughlin of CNN asked the same question in her blog post ‘Homeland’: Bullets over Beirut:
“With all the communication security concerns that occur on nearly every episode of ‘Homeland,’ was Skype really the way to go on this one? Seeing as it’s perhaps the most classified conversation that has ever occurred on the show.”
We shouldn’t be too harsh on producers and writers … it’s just a TV show. However, the viewers and fans usually don’t like shortcuts or dubious choices.
I’m sure Skype won’t mind getting some extra exposure, though.