Defense

Operation Acoustic Kitty: The CIA's Would-Be Cat Spy

Look out, Russians. Americas' secret weapon is watching you.

Look out, Russians. Americas' secret weapon is watching you. // Samuel Acosta/Shutterstock.com

You see, cats are sly and unpredictable. They can slip unnoticed from place to place, watching, listening, wryly judging, surveilling.

So, why wouldn't the Central Intelligence Agency stick a microphone in a cat's ear and embed a radio transmitter in her body? Oh, but they would! In an excerpt from her new book published at Popular Science, Emily Anthes describes the mid-century attempt to create a feline operative, Operation Acoustic Kitty

Read the memo and the rest of the story at The Atlantic.

(Image via Samuel Acosta/Shutterstock.com)

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