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Secret Agent L & the Affiliated Agents.

Miller ... Laura Miller. A.k.a. Secret Agent L. This agent isn't a spy for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, though, but a perpetrator of "anonymous acts of kindness and day-brightening." Although her true identity was revealed at a fund-raising party on July 24, hopefully exposure for this secret agent won't mean the end of a career, but the furtherance of it.


Miller, an administrative assistant at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, told CNN on August 5 that her "double life" began when she was encouraged by a close friend to do a random act of kindness in lieu of buying her a birthday gift. The friend told her to call herself "Secret Agent L--All-Around Swell Chick." She was so thrilled with that first random act that she decided to continue the practice each week. For over a year she has been responsible for anonymous acts of kindness all over Pittsburgh, for everything from leaving a roll of quarters at a laundromat, to putting flowers on a stranger's windshield, to leaving a book or a gift card on a public bench. She leaves "business" cards with her secret-agent signature, and even includes an anonymous e-mail address so the recipients can tell her how the gifts have affected them.

When she first began her clandestine career, she started writing about her exploits on her blog. Her readers loved the idea and wanted to get involved, and so were born the Affiliated Agents. At this time there are between 80 and 90 Affiliated Agents worldwide tasked with performing these random acts of kindness.

Since one of the keys to successfully committing "anonymous acts of kindness and day-brightening" is, well, remaining anonymous, why would Miller reveal her true identity? She told the August 3 Huffington Post that, simply put, she is hoping the publicity will help swell the ranks of Affiliated Agents, who will remain innominate. No longer a secret agent herself, Miller will assume a larger organizational role and, as the network of agents grows, more day-brightening will be perpetrated upon the unsuspecting public.

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Title Annotation:THE GOODNESS OF AMERICA; Laura Miller
Author:Stanley, Liana
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1U2PA
Date:Sep 13, 2010
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