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What The CIA Said About Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam Before He Was Ousted

In November of 1975, Australia faced one of the most uncertain periods in its political history. The Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, was unexpectedly dismissed (which is to say fired) by a man named John Kerr, the Governor-General of Australia. Rumours have swirled for years about whether the CIA or British intelligence services had anything to do with it. And while a new document obtained by Gizmodo doesn’t answer that question, it does add a bit of colour to the mystery.


The White House Screening Of The Hunt For Red October Had Celebrities, Spies And (Maybe) A Sex Scandal

President George H. W. Bush hosted a star-studded screening of The Hunt for Red October at the White House on February 19, 1990. The guests included everyone from Tom Clancy and James Earl Jones to the CEO of Paramount and Colin Powell. Robert Gates was there, as was the director of the CIA, and men from the highest ranks of the Navy. But there are some guests who still remain a secret, even to this day.


The CIA Wants Beauty Products To Collect Your DNA

The CIA is very interested in skincare products. It wants to stay up-to-date on all the latest tips and trends — do you think the spooks have tried those crazy looking sheet masks? — because it knows the secret to ageing well is taking good care of the skin.


The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round, Even When The CIA Accidentally Leaves Explosives Onboard

When conducting CIA practice drills that involve both “explosive training material” and working school buses, it is usually a good idea to remove the material from the school buses when finished. That, however, did not happen last week in Loudoun County, Virginia.


The CIA Wanted To Kill Fidel Castro By Giving Him A Diving Suit Laced With Tuberculosis

It’s no secret that the US government wanted to kill Fidel Castro many times over the years. But there’s a crazy story about a possible CIA assassination attempt that I’d never heard before: Giving Castro a diving suit that would be contaminated with tuberculosis.


What The Original Spy Manual Can Teach You About The Outdoors

Before there was a CIA or an MI6 there was the Special Operations Executive. And, as WWII heated up, it put all of its collective tradecraft knowledge into a single training manual. And, it turns out that training spies to operate behind enemy lines is often good training for going outdoors, too.


US Cybersecurity Policy In One Sad Cliche: 'People Who Live In Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Rocks'

The US doesn’t have a problem punishing foreign hackers. The government killed an ISIS hacker with a drone in August. It quickly sanctioned North Korea following the Sony hack. So why hasn’t the United States retaliated against the OPM hackers?


1975 Article On Internet Spying Not Written By Time Traveller, Probably

People often think about internet spying as relatively new. But the internet was used for spying before we even called it the internet — and when we look back at news articles from the era, we can’t say we weren’t warned.


Why The CIA Is Allowed To Run America's Deadliest Drone War 

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” Obama said at a press conference yesterday about killing an American and an Italian hostage in a US drone strike on Pakistan. What Obama failed to explain: Why the Central Intelligence Agency is allowed to carry out these drone strikes in secrecy.


The US Government's Biometric Tracking Tech Makes Being A US Spy Harder

Here’s some fun irony: The same biometric tracking technologies developed by the US government to track terrorists and would-be unauthorised immigrants is so effective it can also be used to out US spies in the field.


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