Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who was arrested as he arrived at New York’s JFK airport on January 15, had been working as the head of security at Christie’s Hong Kong auction house.
To mark the 75th anniversary of its Cartography Center, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) shares decades of declassified maps.
The CIA’s abstract art collection isn’t as “secret” as a series of articles made it seem—but it’s more politically significant than it appears, and there are still unanswered questions. Here, photographs of the collection are accessible to the public for the first time.
Historical exhibitions tend to consistently draw large audiences — the curious, scholars, or just those who like a cracking good story.
Twenty-nine abstract Washington Color School paintings hang in the halls of the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. But unless you’re one of the CIA’s undisclosed number of employees, your chances of ever seeing these paintings, or even digital images of them, are pretty slim.
It’s always strange to hear about artists in the pay of governments — the union seems so mismatched. In a recent interview with the Washington City Paper, cartoonist Chip Beck discussed using his pen to further the CIA’s mission abroad.
Rajkamal Kahlon’s ongoing project Did You Kiss the Dead Body? incorporates the military autopsy reports and death certificates of detainees killed while in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Like any proper organization that produces large quantities of writing, the CIA, it turns out, has a style manual. It is an absurdly thorough, mundane yet fascinating look at the politics of language.
American propaganda has come a long way since genteel writer Peter Mathieesen founded The Paris Review as part of his CIA gig in postwar France. The Washington Post today reported that the intelligence agency tapped Donald Levine, the seasoned former Hasbro executive responsible for G.I. Joe, to create a demonic Osama Bin Laden toy for distribution in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
It turns out that the CIA has its very own object and art museum for your online viewing pleasure. Although the collection is housed in CIA headquarters making it closed to the public, work does appear to travel to other museums and can be viewed anytime online.