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The Terrorist Bride

The downfall of the al-Qaeda could be their affinity for Western women. According to a report released through a Danish Newspaper (Jyllands Posten), a man named Morten Storm worked as a double agent for Denmark and the CIA in an attempt to capture Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader and cleric. For six years Storm allegedly worked [...]

5 Restaurants Where Spy Games Were Played

Restaurants are ideal places for spies to ply their trade, as there’s plenty of ambient noise, a nice crowd to throw things off, and food to go around, which tends to alleviate stress. Here are five restaurants where tradecraft was the daily special. 1. Au Pied de Cochon, Georgetown DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images Vitaly Yurchenko was a 25-year veteran [...]

Ex-CIA agent claims Roswell UFO was alien

65 years after the event CIA veteran Chase Brandon has claimed that the crash was no weather balloon. In 1947 a mysterious object crashed at Roswell i…

11 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Spymasters

© JASON REED/Reuters/Corbis There’s more to being a spy than drinking martinis, talking into shoe-phones, and discarding messages that self-destruct in five seconds. Here are 11 surprising facts about America’s spymasters. 1. The CIA had a mad scientist on the payroll Dr. Sidney Gottlieb sold Christmas trees at a roadside stand, raised goats and was an accomplished square [...]

CIA’s Password ("PIZZA") Hacked

It’s certainly inconvenient if your password is hacked and your identity stolen. But if the CIA’s password is hacked, it may mean a death sentence for its covert operatives. Recently, there was a huge setback [...]

CIA keeps global warming research classified

Those hoping to find out what the CIA has learned about climate change are going to be disappointed. The CIA announced its intentions to research the …

The CIA Plan to Use Cats as Spies (and the Taxi That Ruined It)

© JASON REED/Reuters/Corbis The Internet has been going nuts over the news that a dog was among the elite commandos who raided Osama bin Laden’s compound and killed him. In response, Slate put together a slideshow of photoillustrations depicting the “Cats of War.” Cats being used as agents of war by the government is no joke, [...]

Google’s Cutting-Edge (and Sort of Creepy) Data Centers

Since we’re all talking about the CIA and Tom Clancy-style special ops teams this week — and the Playstation Network is still down — I found this video from Google especially interesting. It’s ostensibly a promo about their advanced security measures, meant to intimidate hackers and data thieves from trying anything funny — but it [...]

Spy Shoelaces

Suppose you are a clandestine service agent for the CIA and you need to tell another agent that you have important information for him, but you suspect the walls have ears. Well, you could tie your shoelaces in a pattern like the one shown below, and your message would come out loud and clear without [...]

Lithuanian Horseback Riding Academy was a CIA Secret Prison

To many wealthy Lithuanians, it was just a fancy horseback riding academy. But horses aren’t the only things kept in the barn: the CIA had built a secret prison there, where they interrogated (or tortured, your choice of word) suspected al-Qaeda terrorists. ABC News has the story: The CIA constructed the prison over the next several months, [...]