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.
CIA Declassifies Maps from 75 Years of Surveillance
To mark the 75th anniversary of its Cartography Center, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) shares decades of declassified maps.
A Visit to the CIA’s “Secret” Abstract Art Collection
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.
The Hazy Chronicles of a CIA-backed Coup
Historical exhibitions tend to consistently draw large audiences — the curious, scholars, or just those who like a cracking good story.
Why Does the CIA Keep Its Art Collection Secret?
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.
Cartooning Against the Communists for the CIA
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.
Making Art from the War on Terror’s Deadly Paper Trail
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.
The CIA and the Power of Words
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.
CIA Copies Star Wars for Aborted Osama bin Laden Propaganda Doll
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.
What Does the CIA Museum Collect?
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.