CIA Shows off their Gadgets…sort of

By on October 28, 2003

We all know, or assume, that the CIA has some of the coolest gadgets at their disposal: matchbox cameras, hollow buttons, laser seismic recorders. But who would have thought that a couple of their greatest inventions were a dragonfly and a catfish.

” The CIA once built a mechanical dragonfly to carry a listening device but found small gusts of wind knocked it off course so it was never used in a spy operation.

The agency also tested a 24-inch-long rubber robot catfish named ‘Charlie’ capable of swimming inconspicuously among other fish and whose mission remains secret.”

The CIA is showing off some of their greatest gadgets to mark the 40th anniversary of the Directorate of Science and Technology. The bad part of it is, it is not open to the public. Too bad…that would make a very popular exhibit. We will have to settle for the CIA Museum for now.



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