Meet Spider, the CIA’s new spy chief

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The new head of the National Clandestine Service is a former Marine who gained fame for being former Afghanistan President’s Hamid Karzai’s “security blanket,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

His name and age? Unknown. After all, he’s a spy who has spent his career undercover, most notably as station chief in Kabul.

Here’s what we do know about him, thanks to a 2010 Journal profile … Continue reading

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U.S. ‘kidnapped’ Soviet spacecraft

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lunikThe Kidnapping of the Lunik may sound like the latest spy thriller, but it’s the title of a U.S. intelligence report from 1967.

The USSR, in the midst of the space race, sent the Lunik — Sputnik’s younger but stronger sister — on a global tour, an old-fashioned exhibition/trade fair to demonstrate Communism’s most high-tech achievement.

You’d think that the Soviets would send a Hollywood-style mock-up, right? Continue reading

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Area 51 finally declassified

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The CIA’s high-tech map of Area 51

Area  51. UFOs. Dead aliens. A lakebed about 125 miles north of Las Vegas has ignited imaginations for more than half a century.

Now a CIA report just made public tells the secret history of how Groom Lake was turned into Area 51, and explains how U-2 spy planes targeted China and confused the Soviets. Continue reading

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