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The 'Salt' web game 'Day X Exists' unveiled its fourth mission yesterday, and because I fancy myself a viral marketing junkie and also enjoy playing video games in my office cubicle, I shall be playing it.

'Salt' opens July 23, and stars Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who's been accused of being involved in a plot to assassinate the president. She's on the run from the CIA while also trying to clear her name and stop the plot.

In the game, your character is a junior agent at the CIA who's been in secret communication with Agent Salt, while gathering intelligence on the plotters and lying to your superiors. It's full of mystery, intrigue and subterfuge. So let's get onto Mission 4, shall we? The 'Salt' web game 'Day X Exists' unveiled its fourth mission yesterday, and because I fancy myself a viral marketing junkie and also enjoy playing video games in my office cubicle, I shall be playing it.

'Salt' opens July 23, and stars Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who's been accused of being involved in a plot to assassinate the president. She's on the run from the CIA while also trying to clear her name and stop the plot.

In the game, your character is a junior agent at the CIA who's been in secret communication with Agent Salt, while gathering intelligence on the plotters and lying to your superiors. It's full of mystery, intrigue and subterfuge. So let's get onto Mission 4, shall we?

Mission 4: Laser Bug

You get a call from Agent Salt. Michael Simms, a central suspect in the Day X plot, is meeting someone downtown, code name SA. Your mission is to set up a surveillance shop in the building across the street. When you spot the plotters, you use a long-distance laser microphone to record their conversation.

We see three silhouetted, shadowed figures having a conversation. You must position the mic towards the person who's talking, but it's difficult to tell who the speaker is at any given time. Your only cues are body language and the activity your mic picks up. You have to record 70 percent of the conversation in order to beat the level.


In the debrief section, we learn what was picked up in the recording. We hear a woman named Catherine Hicks, a seemingly normal woman with no criminal record, saying that "final assets will arrive any day, and then plans will be made to initiate." The CIA's voice recognition technology identifies her as a Russian spy known as Sylvia Asimov. Asimov has a file at the CIA that goes back to 1997, when she was being investigated as a sleeper agent living in the U.S.

She works at a company called Vauxon Inc, which the FBI has been investigating for six weeks due to a theft of HCS wiring, which can be used for high-powered explosives. The name Hicks mentioned in the recording, "The Raven," remains a complete mystery. It's probably a code name, but for who, we don't know. Maybe that's what the Russians call Salt. We'll have to wait until next week to find out more.