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the good listener : ghost in the machine - autists at GCHQ

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the good listener : ghost in the machine - autists at GCHQ

Sat 1 Aug 2015 9:14am

GCHQ: meet the spooks with very special skills

Hundreds of people with autism and dyslexia work at the government’s eavesdropping post. Why do they make such good spooks?...gchq needs brains that are wired differently...take harry...his eccentricity and energy remind me of both pee-wee herman and steve jobs...harry's habit is the manifestation of his dyspraxia which is ddemd a stength with gchq's neuro-diversity programme...more than 300 men and women within the agency ghave dyspraxia, dyslexia, autism, asperger's and other profiles of diffrerence...

gill suffers (sic!) from prosopagnosia...dennis an adviser at the agency says "it doesn't matter if you are autistic, dyslexic dyspraxic...having a one-to-one with somebody who's autistic or asperger's - for them, it's building a relationship. they quite often don't have relationships so that in itself can be cathartic"...

"people with diversity do tend to float to the surface here.

john has a photographic memory and is able to speed read.

he waS diagnosed with asperger's...

long article pages 30 to 36; sunday times magazine - july 26th, 2015.

drama on bbc radio 4 by fin kennedy features developmentally-different gchq analysts.

i posted about mr kennedy's previous play at talkaboutautism but that post seems to have disappeared.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063d34d

http://www.finkennedy.co.uk

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/Magazine/article1583418.ece

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    new series of three programmes - monday to wednesday this week - final episode this afternoon at 14.15 hours.

    1st episode written by finn - other wrtiers involved in subsequent two episodes.

    starring the inimitable richard maxted as autistic spook `david`.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080r364

    production company - audio also here : http://www.holymountain.co.uk/

     

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    REPEAT.

    Carte Blanche Inside spy agency GCHQ, agents are monitoring delegates of the G20 summit when they discover a sophisticated cyber-attack targeting the UK National Grid. Senior analyst Henry Morcombe, already unconvinced about the need to monitor allies, leads the team tasked with investigating the threat.

    The attack is highly sophisticated and comes from an unknown source. Could it be connected to the G20? It could be criminals, terrorists or even other nation states. Henry and his team attempt to find out, needing to deploy ever more creative ways of monitoring their targets.

    Cast:
    Henry....................Owen Teale
    Gerry / Steve.........Dominic Hawksley
    Jacqui...................Lucy Phelps
    Siddiq...................Ashley Kumar
    Alison...................Alison Newman
    David....................Richard Maxted
    Aiden....................Niall Ashdown
    Ethan....................Paul Chan
    Other parts played by members of the company

    The Good Listener created by Fin Kennedy and Boz Temple-Morris
    Written by Fin Kennedy

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080r364

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