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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    In the 1950s, the CIA had its own semi-submersible. It couldn't travel very far and needed to be hauled around by a larger mother vessel, but its relatively small size allowed the spy sub to operate undetected in areas that would have proved impossible for larger ships.

  • (Credit: CIA)

    Another view of the semi-submersible.

  • (Credit: CIA)

    A lithium iodine battery. It's still unclear what use it saw in action, but the CIA says it shared its research into these types of batteries with the medical community in the 1970s.

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Topics: Government, Government AU, Privacy, Security

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