December 27th, 2003, 17:12 PM
CIA gadget museum showcases spy secrets
Robot fish, tiger dropping microphone among gadgets on display
McLEAN, Va. - When the CIA’s secret gadget-makers invented a listening device for the Asian jungles, they disguised it so the enemy wouldn’t pick it up and examine it: The device looked like tiger droppings.
The clever guise worked. Who would touch such a thing? The fist-sized, brown transmitter detected troop movements along the trails during fighting in Vietnam, another quiet success for a little-known group of agency researchers.