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The Acoustic Kitty was a sort of feline-android hybrid—a cyborg cat. A surgeon implanted a microphone in its ear and a radio transmitter at the base of its skull. The surgeon also wove an antenna into the cat’s fur #acoustickitty #electronicdogs history.com/news/cia-spy-c…
The CIA figured the Soviets would never suspect a cat to be a U.S. spy, so the animal, implanted with audio recording or transmitting devices, could get close to foreign operatives unhindered and eavesdrop on them. mentalfloss.com/article/27790/…
On that first trip out, though, the cat was hit and killed by a taxi while crossing the road. It never even made it to the target.  By 1967, the project was scrapped, along with the remains of Acoustic Kitty smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia…
It might sound funny until one realizes that kittens were surgically transformed into cyber cats. Batteries were put in the cat and they were wired while their tail was used as an antenna.

“They slit the cat open, put batteries in him, wired him up,” said Victor Marchetti, who was an exec asst to the director of CIA in the 60s, The tail was used as an antenna. They made a monstrosity.” - Jeffrey Richelson's 2001 book, The Wizards of Langley. theatlantic.com/technology/arc…
The CIA tried to uncover the Kremlin's deepest secrets during the 1960s by turning cats into walking bugging devices, recently declassified documents show. (2001) telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…
Some of the new documents cast light on the ARTICHOKE and MKULTRA experiments with mind-altering drugs aimed at developing a chemical aid for interrogations theguardian.com/world/2001/sep…
This was Operation Acoustic Kitty, a top-secret plan to turn a cat into a living, walking #surveillance machine. The leaders of the project hoped that by training the feline to go sit near foreign officials, they could eavesdrop on private conversations popsci.com/science/articl…
Operation Acoustic Kitty: How the CIA's attempt to turn CATS into cyborg spies ended abruptly after the cat was run over by a cab dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2…
In an hr-long procedure, a veterinary surgeon transformed the furry feline into an elite #spy, implanting a microphone in her ear canal & a small radio transmitter at the base of her skull, & weaving a thin wire antenna into htheatlantic.com/technology/arc…M9Ky56RJ
CIA stated in the final exams that complications, particularly, “environmental & security factors in using this technique in a real foreign situation…convinced us the program would not lend itself in a practical sense to our highly specialized needallthatsinteresting.com/acoustic-kittybLwY
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