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    Revealed: CIA attempted to use cats as spies

    NewsGeneral Cat NewsThursday 23 May 2013
    Back in the 1960’s the CIA had attempted to turn cats into spies in an operation that was called Operation Acoustic Kitty.
    The approach was complicated. A veterinary surgeon would plant a small microchip in the cat’s ears and a small radio transmitting.  The wire antenna that would connect everything would be hel0p in the long hair of the car.
    The plan was to use these cats against Soviet officials and record their private conversations they had as long as the cats were in the room.
    The plan sounded easy enough for a billion dollar organisation like the CIA to handle however they misjudged one crucial thing. Unlike dogs, cats are of course not inclined to follow orders and they are not easily trained.
    The elaborate plans from a new book called Frankenstein’s cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts with excerpts published in the magazine Popular Science.
    It was said that CIA officials in charge had tasked the cat to go up to a park bench a record a conversation between two men sitting on a bench. An unfortunate twist in the story however meant that the cat did not follow orders, ran out into the street and was ran over by a taxi. It was said that after this the $20 million operation was cancelled.
    It is not the first time that spy agencies have used animals to gather intelligence. Only a few months ago Iran “arrested” two pigeons by its nuclear power plants for allegedly spying. No country has come forward to claim ownership of the birds and the fate of the pigeons remains unknown. It is also said that scientists in the USA Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are working on small insects and birds to gather intelligence. These would be robots that have been disguised as birds.
    Source: Daily Mail
    Photo: Recubejim
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