The Spy Cats Of The CIA

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Considering everything else that’s happening in the world, this is a relatively benign, even goofy, story…well, except for the cats.

Wikileaks recently tweeted a link to a CIA memo archive (which was released in 2001) that contained information on “Project Acoustic Kitty”—a five-year year project in the 1960s designed to turn ordinary cats into mobile recording devices.

Compared to contemporary advancements in audio surveillance, it was a pretty low-tech operation. Cats were literally slit open and lined with batteries and wires from the tip of their tails all the way to their ears (which naturally contained the microphones).

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The purpose of Project Acoustic Kitty was, in theory, to gather intel on the Russians—though one could imagine such devices being used on any troublesome feline-loving egghead who got too close to the Truth.

Not to be the person to piss in the punchbowl of a light frothy story, but today a robotic cockroach or fly could be made to do exactly the same thing, except 1,000,000 better and without getting run over by a vehicle (which seems to be the fate of at least one of the CIA “cyborg cats”).