The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

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Magic or spycraft? In 1953, against the backdrop of the Cold War, the CIA initiated a top-secret program, code-named MKULTRA, to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques. Realizing that clandestine officers might need to covertly deploy newly developed pills, potions, and powders against the adversary, the CIA hired America's most famous magician, John Mulholland, to write two manuals on sleight of hand and undercover communication techniques. In 1973, virtually all documents related to MKULTRA were destroyed. Mulholland's manuals were thought to be among thema€”until a single surviving copy of each, complete with illustrations, was recently discovered in the agency's archives. The manuals reprinted in this work represent the only known complete copy of Mulholland's instructions for CIA officers on the magician's art of deception and secret communications.A hypodermic syringe was concealed inside this modified Paper Mate pen for an operation to assassinate Castro. and offered a ... Even the slightest prick would result in a certain death, though the agent would have time to escape before the effects were noticed. ... later, in 1976, American policy governing lethal actions against foreign leaders was formalized when President Ford issued Executive Orderanbsp;...

Title:The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception
Author:H. Keith Melton, Robert Wallace
Publisher:Harper Collins - 2009-11-03


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