The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a US government agency that collects and analyzes information on behalf of the president and the National Security Council. The organization leads covert operations not just in the United States but worldwide. Its personnel consists of highly trained intelligence officers capable of addressing high-priority issues related to crime, arms control, and trafficking, among others. Since its inception, the CIA has always attempted to lay low and maintain its oath of secrecy. Even so, those involved have fallen victim to controversy and whistleblowers countless times. Here are some lesser-known CIA facts to start your day.

1. The CIA Once Had a Manual on How to Sabotage Organizations

In 1944, the allies of WWII, formally known as the United Nations, leaked the CIA’s manual on how to sabotage an organization. It contains tips on how individuals can reduce productivity, including raising irrelevant issues, making lots of long speeches, and referring to matters already decided on.

2. The CIA Led a Project that Used Psychic Spies

The CIA once led an operation dubbed Project Stargate, which used psychic soldiers to spy on enemies. According to a book by David Morehouse, an international best-selling author, the program had an army soldier who had developed psychic abilities after his helmet caught a stray bullet. Apparently, the recruit could “see” events, sites, or information from a great distance.

4. China Dismantled the CIA from 2010 to 2012           

While the CIA is a massive agency in the United States, it is not very popular outside the country. For instance, between 2010 and 2012, China embarked on a serious mission to disrupt CIA operations in the country. Thanks to a massive security breach, more than 30 CIA operatives were killed, with many more captured alive. The agency’s operations in China have since massively weekend.

5. The CIA Used Psychological Warfare about Vampires in the Philippines

After the Second World War, the CIA took the initiative of fighting the Huks, a communist movement in the Philippines. To scare the fighters, the agency spread rumors about a vampire that sucked blood from evil men. They even caught one Huk fighter and punctured holes in him to indicate that a vampire drained his blood. This spread fear among Huk fighters and their sympathizers.

6. There is a Special Starbucks for CIA Employees

The CIA has its own special Starbucks that only sells coffee to CIA employees. It is located inside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. All of the facility’s employees are subjected to rigorous background checks and is not visible on Google Maps. Popularly known as Store Number 1 or Stealthy Starbucks, the shop was installed at the CIA headquarters to humanize the environment.

7. The CIA Had Surveillance on Two of the 9/11 Hijackers

Stories have been told of how the US government could have stopped the 9/11 attacks. The CIA, for instance, had surveillance on two of the hijackers and their location on US soil. However, they did not share this information with other organizations, such as the FBI, until it was too late.

8. According to the CIA, North Korea Has a 100% Literacy Rate

After years of research and collecting information, the CIA has revealed that 100% of North Koreans are literate. All males and females in North Korea can read and write.

9. The CIA Tried to Kill Fidel Castro 7 Times

According to his former chief of the secret service, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro survived 634 assassination attempts, the most of any other leader. Out of these hundreds of attempts, seven were instigated by the CIA. The first attempt was an exploding cigar that was laced with botulinum toxins.

A few months later, they hired two mobsters to assassinate “finish the job,” but that also failed. The CIA even contaminated his diving suit before recruiting his lover, Marita Lorenz, to poison him. Marita grew cold feet, and the contaminated driving suit didn’t work.

10. “The Wall” is a Policy that Prevents the FBI and CIA from Sharing Information

During the 9/11 hearings, former attorney general John Ashcroft hinted that a policy called “The Wall,” implemented in a classified memorandum in 1995, prevented the criminal and intelligence bodies from sharing information. John blamed the policy for what happened during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

11. The CIA Prefers Recruiting Mormons

Government bodies, including the CIA and FBI, tend to prioritize recruiting Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They believe performing background checks on ideal candidates is easier and more cost-effective. Additionally, Mormons have simple lifestyles, which makes their personalities perfect for agencies that thrive on secrecy.

12. The CIA Once Kidnapped a Soviet Aircraft, Studied it, and then Released It

It is believed that in either 1959 or 1960, the CIA kidnapped a soviet aircraft, a Lunik Spacecraft. They dismantled, photographed, reassembled, and then released it. Four CIA agents handled the operation.

13. The CIA Once Hired Streetwalkers to Conduct Mind Control Experiments

Known as Operation Midnight Climax, which started in 1953, the CIA hired female streetwalkers to drug their victims with LSDs (hallucinogenic drugs that affect mood, behavior, and judgment). The goal of the operation was to determine whether LSDs and lovemaking would make subjects release crucial information about themselves. None of the clients consciously ever agreed to take the LSDs or psychotropics.

14. Some of the Heroes on the CIA Memorial Have No Names

The CIA memorial wall has over 140 entries comprising fallen warriors’ names. Surprisingly (or not), 37 have no names; they are only represented by a gold star. Their identities are classified and can’t be shared publicly.

15. The CIA is Prohibited from Collecting Information about US Persons

One of the key differences between the FBI and the CIA is that the CIA is prohibited from collecting information about US persons. This includes United States citizens, companies, and legal immigrants. The CIA’s role is to collect information about foreign countries and their residents. That said, there have been numerous claims that the unit is breaking this law by collecting American citizens’ data anyway.

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Last Update: April 24, 2024