CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: "Pointy-Talky" Language Chart

Dari is the language commonly spoken by the tribes of northern Afghanistan. Americans not fluent in Dari could use this chart to communicate basic words and phrases in written and spoken phonetic Dari by speaking or pointing to the words printed on the chart.
Foreign language skills are fundamental to the CIA’s success. Whether an officer is conducting a meeting in a foreign capital, analyzing plans of a foreign government, or translating a foreign broadcast, language capability is critical to every aspect of our mission. Language skills are the keys to accessing foreign societies, understanding their governments, and decoding their secrets.

Using Foreign Languages at CIA
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: “Studio Six Productions” Portfolio

To rescue six American diplomats who evaded capture during the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, on 4 November 1979, CIA technical specialists created a fake movie-production company in Hollywood and delivered disguises and documents that made possible the diplomats’ escape from Iran in 1980.

The team...
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CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: The Airmen’s Bond
#Painting by Keith Woodcock
Oil on Canvas

The Airmen’s Bond
CIA Director Mike Pompeo today announced that President Trump has selected Gina Haspel to be the new Deputy Director of CIA. Ms. Haspel is a career intelligence officer, having joined the CIA in 1985. She has extensive overseas experience and served as Chief of Station in several of her assignments. Ms. Haspel is the first female career CIA officer to be named Deputy Director.

Gina Haspel Selected to be Deputy Director of CIA
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: #OSS Produced Forged French Passport


Forged French Passport
Birthplace of the CIA and American spycraft just made the National Register of Historic Places

Birthplace of the CIA and U.S. spycraft just made the National Register of Historic Places
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Duffle Bag

This duffle bag belonged to General William "Wild Bill" Donovan, founder of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency.

CIA Posts More Than 12 Million Pages of CREST Records Online
17 January 2017

LANGLEY, VA – The largest collection of declassified CIA records is now accessible online. The documents were previously only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland. Approximately 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages, are now available in the CIA’s Electronic Reading Room on...
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CREST: 25-Year Program Archive
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: Plaster Cast of CIA Seal

CIA designers developed a rubber mold that they used to produce this plaster cast of the CIA seal with the words “For Exceptional Service” inscribed at the bottom.
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: Uniform of #OSS Officer Col. William H. Pietsch, Jr.

Colonel William Pietsch, Jr. began his intelligence career at age 21, as youngest in the Office of Strategic Services’ (OSS) inaugural class of paratroopers. He parachuted into the Nazi-occupied Burgundy region of France in 1944 to help coordinate the activities of resistance forces in advance of the US...
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Watch Judy Woodruff's full PBS NewsHour interview with Director John Brennan.

Watch our full exit interview with CIA Director John Brennan
CIA's Top 10 Stories of 2016
Interested in taking a peek into our X-Files? Want to know more about Hamilton’s spy on the inside? Curious how to make invisible ink? Then you’re in luck.

This year’s most popular stories on have a little something for everyone.

From tributes to our unsung heroes who lost their lives in service to their country, to the surprising truth behind who was the...
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Surprising Stories You May Have Missed in 2016

Vietnam, cartography, the Bay of Pigs, UFOs … curious what CIA has to say about these topics? You’re not alone. That’s why we dug deep into our archives to uncover the stories behind some of the most asked about Agency history, and then wrote about what we found as articles throughout this past year.

If you missed any of the articles, don’t...
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Today, NGA and Director Cardillo welcomed Judge William H. Webster, former director of FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to our Virginia headquarters.
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: Infrared Lantern Beacon

Modifications by Agency technicians transformed this commercial Coleman lantern into an infrared beacon that could be seen from as far away as 250 feet. Gasoline powered and painted dull black, the beacon emitted a narrow vertical infrared beam as well as some visible light, making it useful for marking air-drop and landing-field...
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Happy New Year from the women & men silently serving around the globe
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: Tobacco Pouch Camera

A miniature 35-mm film camera manufactured in Switzerland is concealed in this modified tobacco pouch. A spring-wound mechanism advances the film between exposures.
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It all began in 1941 with $150,000 from President Franklin Roosevelt’s emergency fund and a building at 316 F Street in Washington, DC. The rest, as we say, is history. Though it may have sounded like an early start-up venture, it was instead the beginnings of the Open Source Enterprise (OSE), which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year.

From Pearl Harbor to the Digital Age: Open Source Enterprise Celebrates 75th Anniversary