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During the Cold War, surveillance in Moscow was the most difficult kind of surveillance that the US had encountered around the globe. Moscow had its own set of rules since it was such a difficult place to work. Former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez talks about some of the tactics, gadgets and disguises CIA operatives used in the field during the Cold War.

Check out Jonna Mendez’s most recent book The Moscow Rules or find more information about her on her website on

Moscow Rules:

Archival images courtesy of the International Spy Museum (SPY) in Washington, DC, a Guinness World Record recognized nonprofit with the largest collection of spy artifacts in the world. At the Museum, you can see firsthand some of these spy gadgets:

Additional Archival Images Courtesy of:

Clint Emerson’s Five Second Mask, also courtesy of International Spy Museum
Image of Trigon courtesy of the CIA who does not endorse the contents of this production
Crypto Museum:
Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
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Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down Cold War Spy Gadgets | WIRED

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the scary part is the CIA have only improved their techniques to avoid surveillance and detection or they would not have released this video
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kgb (soviet union version of cia) did the same thing in Washington dc, and there probably still are some Russian agents there. Tons of CCP agents too I bet
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Even she is in disguise
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How about mk ultra?
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