The top-10 list contains mostly just cameras. Kind of boring.
There’s a more detailed exposition, here, linked from the bottom of the article.
The exposition’s interface sucks. The fixed-layout is unsuitable for longer descriptions as they have to be scrolled through.
- Cufflink compass
- Radio receiver in a smoking pipe, with bone-conduction speaker
- Distortion measuring set (well, not exactly a spy toy, rather a telco thing, but many telco things can double as spy toys)
- Dynazoom microscope for simultaneous viewing of two negatives to get stereo imagery from aerial cameras
- Insectothopter, a miniature UAV, impressive for 70’s and even today
- Gap-jumping antenna, for magnetic coupling of signals
- Digital xray sensor panel
- Seismic intrusion detector
- Microdot camera (okay, okay, it was in the top-10 list; what would be nice would be a more in-depth description of the microdot tech)
- Escape/evasion kit
- Various flavors of multitools
- “Belly Buster” drill
- Silk-printed maps (paper rustles, and silk is durable enough)
- Caltrop tire spikes
- SOFLAM laser target designator
All in all, the online-shown artefacts are somewhat underwhelming. E.g. no sign of the Thing, the SIGINT/ELINT is only touched on the surface, no TSCM.
Two books about the spy operations I suggest are:
- Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schlesinger - Spycraft - The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda
- Peter Wright: Spycatcher
Each one is worth the time, and they are the best when consumed one after another; the first one is written in a rather bragging style, from ex-CIA guys, the second one in a more down-to-the-Earth one that mentions even the CIA’s (and MI5’s) blunders, from an ex-MI5 guy.
…c’mon, talk, spy tech is fun…!
[crickets becoming louder]
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