Secret CIA spy gadgets go public: photos

Secret CIA spy gadgets go public: photos

Summary: When you think CIA, the last word likely to come to mind is "open". And yet the US spy organisation has begun to lift the lid — albeit ever so slightly — in a bid to cultivate public support. In fact, the agency recently launched a retooled website, complete with YouTube and Flickr channels.

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    The world's most widely used spycam, the portable Minox camera, fit into the palm of the hand and could take high quality pictures.

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    You've heard of pigeons carrying messages. How about pigeons taking pictures? The CIA invented a small camera that was light enough to attach to pigeons. As the birds flew over a target, the camera would take detailed images of a target area.

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    A miniature 35mm film camera concealed in a tobacco pouch.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Privacy, Security

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