Secret documents reveal how US intelligence trained animals and birds to spy

The CIA used animals and birds to carry out espionage missions during the Cold War.

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The BBC published classified documents that revealed how to train pigeons for secret missions of photographing sensitive sites within the former Soviet Union. They also used crows to drop tapping devices on the edges of windows and how to train dolphins on underwater missions.

The pigeons were used with precision cameras to take pictures automatically, in an operation in the 1970s and codenamed “Takana”, and the use of pigeons in correspondence for thousands of years, but was not used in espionage until the First World War.

Operation Takana is the fruit of an effort that began in the 1960s on ways to exploit different animals. The documents revealed the CIA’s training of a crow to deliver and recover materials weighing about 40 grams from the edges of windows.

A special lamp and lasers were used to guide the bird to the way back. On one occasion, the CIA planted a bugging device on the edge of a window through a bird.

US intelligence has studied the possibility of using migratory birds to plant sensors that monitor whether the Soviet Union has tested chemical weapons, while using electrical stimuli to the brain to guide dogs remotely, although many of these attempts are still secret, and the use of cats came during a previous operation called ” Acoustic Kitty “implanted listening devices inside them.

The documents revealed the use of dolphins to “penetrate ports” with or without human guidance, and a team of dolphins tried to launch attacks against enemy ships, and there were tests on the possibility of carrying dolphins sensors to monitor the sounds of Soviet nuclear submarines or radioactivity or biological activity from nearby facilities.


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