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 "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.

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    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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    America's first successful photographic reconnaissance satellite, Corona, came into widespread use at the CIA in the 1960s.

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Topics: Government, Government AU, Privacy, Security

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