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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    During the World War II, devices like this one helped agents remove letters from their envelopes without opening the seals. After inserting the device into the unsealed gap at the top of an envelope flap, an agent could wind the letter around the pincers and remove it from the envelope without leaving a tear in the paper.

  • (Credit: CIA)

    The "Belly Buster" hand-crank audio drill was used in the 1950s and 1960s to put holes in masonry so CIA agents could implant audio devices.

  • (Credit: CIA)

    The pneumatic tube system in the CIA's first headquarters building featured more than 48km of 10.2cm steel tubing. The system, which had about 150 receiving and dispatching stations throughout the building, operated between 1962 and 1989.

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Topics: Government, Government AU, Privacy, Security

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