CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: #Minox B #Camera

In 1936, Walter Zapp, a Latvian engineer, developed a portable camera that would fit easily into the palm of the hand and yet take high-quality, spontaneous pictures. The Minox subminiature camera, in its various models, was the world’s most widely used spy camera. When it first became available, the camera was considered a marvel of...
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CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: OSS Sidearm Knife and Sheath

OSS Officer Sam Backus carved his initials, S.D.B., into the leather sheath of this steel, doubled-edged knife with grooved leather handle. Backus served in the China-Burma-India Theater during the war.
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CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: Escape & Evasion Survival Kit

Designed for use by special operations personnel, this kit contains a number of survival tools, including a diamond wire to cut metal, fishing equipment, a ceramic blade, a can opener, lock picks, and a mini-Leatherman tool.
CIA #Museum Artifact of the Week: TAR-224 #Radio

A compact, high-frequency, paramilitary transceiver, the TAR-224 enabled communications with field agents operating behind enemy lines. It saw service in Vietnam as well as during Operation EAGLE CLAW.
Every officer has a unique path to the Agency, and CIA interns are no exception. We recently polled some former DO undergraduate interns now working as full-time DO officers to illustrate some shared commonalities, as well as differences, in their personal backgrounds and prior internship experiences. Here is a sampling of responses…

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The early 1970s was a time of social activism in the United States, when the civil rights and anti-war movements polarized the nation. The Agency had come under increased criticism from Congress, and public and private institutions were putting substantial pressure on the Agency to change its culture and operations.

It was against this backdrop that CIA Director William Colby called Omego...
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Omego Ware: The “Jackie Robinson of Intelligence”
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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