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Gap Jumping Antenna Out of US Embassy in Moscow

What looked like a concrete ball was actually a “gap-jumping antenna” removed from one of the preformed concrete columns in the embassy office building. US investigators called it “gap-jumping” because it coupled magnetically with a matching antenna in the adjacent column. This allowed data to be transmitted without a physical electrical connection.

Gate from Air America Compound

During the Vietnam War, Air America, a CIA proprietary airline, flew a variety of missions in the Far East. These missions ranged from undercover CIA operations to overt air transportation. The Republic of Vietnam and various US Government agencies contracted with Air America.

This gate is from an Air America compound located in Southeast Asia during the 1960s. Note the aircraft depicted in the center.


Golden Cigar Connector Out of US Embassy in Moscow

This gold- and silver-plated connector was an integral part of the collection system at the embassy office building. It was apparently placed near the top of a column in a dense rebar cage where items that reflected X-rays masked its location.


Pan Am 103 Lapel Pin

This pin was designed by the widow of one of the victims of Pan Am 103. It is given to the victim’s family members and supporters by Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. This group is made up of family members and friends of those whose lives ended when a terrorist bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988.

The pin, mounted on a little card with a beautiful inscription, was first handed out at the dedication of the Memorial Room on the grounds of Tundergarth Church. Tundergarth is four miles outside the town of Lockerbie and is where the nose cone came to rest. The Memorial Room has one book with the name of each victim inscribed and another telling the story of who they were and what they had achieved.

Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board as well as 11 on the ground. The flight was en route from Frankfurt, Germany, to New York via London's Heathrow Airport. Twenty-seven minutes after leaving London, at 7:02 pm, the plane exploded. Fragments fell on the city of Lockerbie, including an entire wing and engines.  Investigators interviewed over 15,000 people, examined 180,000 pieces of evidence, and researched in more than 40 countries.

After a three-year joint investigation by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, 15,000 witness statements were taken. The Grand Jury returned the indictment on November 13, 1991.  It was unsealed on November 14, 1991, when the Lord Advocate of Scotland announced that the Procurator Fiscal for Dumfries had issued a Petition Warrant for Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the former head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines (LAA), and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, the former LAA station manager in Luqa Airport, Malta. United Nations sanctions against Libya and protracted negotiations with the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi secured the handover of the accused on April 5, 1999 to Scottish police at Camp Zeist, Netherlands, having been chosen as a neutral venue for their trial.

Following a 40-week trial, a verdict of guilty for murder was returned January 31, 2001 against Abdel Baset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi. Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah was found not guilty. The three-judge panel found beyond a reasonable doubt that Al-Megrahi placed a bomb in the airplane and that bomb's detonation caused the deaths of all aboard the plane. The panel found that the prosecution failed to prove the case against Fhimah beyond a reasonable doubt.

Despite arduous American opposition, on August 20, 2009 the Scottish government ordered Al-Megrahi’s release on compassionate grounds. He returned home after serving 8 years of his 27-year minimum sentence for murdering 270 people. The Scottish government found that Al-Megrahi qualified for compassionate release after medical evidence showed he would die within months of prostate cancer. At this time he is still alive and living as a free man in Libya.

1.5 cm x 2 cm
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M-209 Cipher Machine

The M-209 is a mechanical cipher device designed by Boris Hagelin. Compact and portable, it used a series of rotors to encode and decode secret military messages. The US Army widely used the machine during World War II.

13.5 cm x 18 cm x 8 cm
(L x W x H)


US Army Lensatic Compass

US Military forces have used this basic compass since the 1950s with only minor modifications.  With its olive-drab aluminum case, sighting wire, magnifying eyepiece, and luminous dial, the compass enables the user to determine magnetic azimuths within an accuracy of 2 degrees. The folding scaled straightedge facilitates map orientation and line-of-sight plotting.


“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” was a television show on NBC in the mid-1960s. The fictitious international law-enforcement agency, U.N.C.L.E., worked to protect the world from sinister forces like Thrush, another fabricated organization bent on world supremacy.

These artifacts were donated to the CIA Museum in 2000 by The Spy-Fi Archives. The triangular security badge permits entrance into U.N.C.L.E.’s secret headquarters. The business card is from U.N.C.L.E.’s top enforcement agent, Napoleon Solo. The patch bears the insignia of the evil Thrush organization.

58 cm x 42.5 cm
(L x W)

Posted: Jul 23, 2012 09:04 AM
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2012 08:32 AM