Clandestine == ASIS?

I was looking up the correct spelling of clandestine on Google and came across this little sponsored link at the top of the search results:


I thought the advertisement was amusing since ASIS is supposed to be fairly secretive, but I guess they have to cast a wide recruiting net. For those of you who don’t know, ASIS stands for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and is charged with the responsibility of gathering intelligence on foreign soil.

An article on Everything2 describes a little bit about how ASIS became known to the general public back in 1983.


5 thoughts on “Clandestine == ASIS?

  1. Jeff Wharton

    ASIS is also the registered name of Australian Special Information Systems (; a company that produces Fraud and Investigative Case Management software and a company I used to work for.

    Every time ASIS (gov) embarked on a recruitment exercise, we’d get flooded with calls from people wanting to talk to us about who they were and how much they really wanted to join ASIS, and asking where to send their application. It was so hard not to reply with “Sorry, you’ve just failed your first test by divulging who you are and that you want to work for ASIS”.

  2. Mitch Denny Post author

    Hi Jeff,

    I kinda thought that their web-site would say something like:

    “Nothing to see here. These are not the droids you are looking for.”

    Are you sure that ASIS wasn’t just a front for ASIS? 🙂

  3. dfhfgh

    Am I the only one wondering why “intelligence” was spelled with three “L”s?

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