Gevena, Switzerland - The spy world has been rocked by the realization that before the Iraq invasion by the US military, spies had actually been spying on themselves.
In what some espionage experts are calling "reflected paranoia", nearly three million dollars was spent spying on spies that didn't exist outside of their own operational efforts.
"This was not a field exercise", said Imad Eadguy, an operative who went public with the discovery, "One day we were just spying away as usual and we suddenly discovered that we were actually spying on our own people!"
Mr. Eadguy, a highly ethical spy, decided "Enough is enough! We have to start spying on OTHER people. After all, this is costing money!"
A spokesperson for the C.I.A. would not comment publicly but did confirm that "some of the OTHER intelligence agencies may have been spying on themselves" during the critical moments leading up to the war in Iraq.
Kofi Annan, himself spied upon, was very relieved. "I'm very grateful to those who were actually spying on themselves instead of me. Or was *I* the one spying on myself? These things get complicated. I'm just very grateful. Thank you."
The editors of Mad Magazine said that ever since Spy vs. Spy has been published, they've known that eventually some spies would eventually spy on themselves. "We were working on a similiar plot line for our cartoon."
No word on whether the spies in question have been questioned about their self-spying. They are being self-detained for further self-examination.