A KGB agent and a CIA agent became friends while trying to recruit each other; they knew the other was a spy and just didn’t talk about it.
The CIA paid magician John Mulholland $3,000 to write a spy manual of trickery and deception as part of the top-secret MKUltra project, a CIA program that investigated mind control. Mulholland’s 1953 guide was supposed to be destroyed in the 1970s but an archived copy reappeared decades later.
A CIA intelligence officer working undercover in Uganda became a minor celebrity as the lead singer of a popular local band known as the “Kampala Jazz All-Stars”.
William Stephenson, a Canadian, was the real-life inspiration for fictional character James Bond. Stephenson played a key role in the creation of the CIA.
In 1981 a CIA agent escaped Iran using a fake German passport. He was detained because it used the middle initial “H”, and German passports didn’t use initials. The quick-thinking agent was released after claiming that it stood for “Hitler” and he had special permission to use an initial.
The F.B.I. and C.I.A. recruit heavily from the Mormon population because they are usually cheaper to do a security clearance on, they often speak another language from their mission trips and they usually have a low risk lifestyle.
Many female workers at Ravensbrück concentration were forced to produce army uniforms for the Nazis. They deliberately sabotaged them. An example of this is that they made the heels of socks too narrow or defective. This gave soldiers painful blisters on their feet. The OSS (WW2 version of CIA basically) actually produced pamphlets encouraging simple sabotage. These were meant to be dispersed to labor and management within target countries. To do things like “sew one pant leg shorter than another” and to put “metal shavings in oil/gas tanks” among many many other suggestions. Even telling factory managers to simply “lose” important documents.
For decades the CIA owned and ran Crypto, a Swiss company that supplied cryptography equipment to many countries; naturally, the machines were rigged to give US spooks access to everyone’s communications.
Carl Jung was an undercover operative (“Agent 488”) for the allies during World War 2. His commanding officer Allen W. Dulles said that “Nobody will probably ever know how much Prof Jung contributed to the allied cause during the war.” Dulles later became the first director of the CIA.
The CIA parachuted hundreds of people into North Korea throughout the 1950s to start resistance networks and, despite never hearing from most of them again, continued to parachute more in until an inquiry in the 1970s questioned the morality of such an initiative.