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These beautiful illustrations by Dean Motter show the epic story of Eric O’Neill in the infamous operation to catch Robe...
05/06/2020

These beautiful illustrations by Dean Motter show the epic story of Eric O’Neill in the infamous operation to catch Robert Hanssen, the FBI mole who spied for the KGB for 22 years. To hear Eric tell the whole story to Hayley Atwell, listen to Episode 2 of True Spies. #TrueSpies #HayleyAtwell https://lnk.to/true-spies

05/05/2020

Episode 2 of True Spies, narrated by Hayley Atwell, launches today. Eric O’Neill reveals the operation to catch the worst spy in FBI history. Click the link to subscribe and listen now: http://lnk.to/true-spies #TrueSpies #HayleyAtwell #Podcast #FBI

05/04/2020
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Spying played a huge role in Star Wars. To celebrate Star Wars Day on May the Fourth we’ve created a short film highlighting five times that espionage was a critical part of the story. #StarWars #MaytheFourth

05/04/2020
Fleming Debrief: Bond

Check out rare footage of Ian Fleming in the second video of our Debrief series. Describing Bond’s character in the original novels, Fleming says: “My leading character, James Bond, I never intended him to be a hero.” - Discover the whole story on our YouTube channel. #Bond #IanFleming #Heroes #JamesBond #Spies #007

In rare interviews, Ian Fleming reveals his thoughts on the creation of the James Bond character, his inspirations, and the ingredients to a good thriller. S...

On May 5th, FBI counterintelligence operative Eric O’Neill will take us through Operation Gray Suit - Episode 2 of True ...
05/03/2020

On May 5th, FBI counterintelligence operative Eric O’Neill will take us through Operation Gray Suit - Episode 2 of True Spies, narrated by Hayley Atwell. Click the link to subscribe. #TrueSpies #HayleyAtwell http://lnk.to/true-spies

05/01/2020
5 Times Spies Changed Star Wars

Spying played a huge role in Star Wars. To celebrate Star Wars Day on May the Fourth we’ve created a short film highlighting five times that espionage was a critical part of the story. #StarWars #MaytheFourth

Espionage in the Star Wars universe is often overlooked. Throughout the 3 trilogies and TV shows, spies have made an impact that influenced the direction of ...

If you loved Ep. 1 of our True Spies podcast, try these books on the subject: Mossad Exodus by our podcast hero, Gad Shi...
04/30/2020

If you loved Ep. 1 of our True Spies podcast, try these books on the subject: Mossad Exodus by our podcast hero, Gad Shimron, and Red Sea Spies by BBC journalist & Middle East editor, Raffi Berg. Click the link to hear the episode. ​ #TrueSpies https://lnk.to/true-spies

GIVEAWAY! Think you have what it takes to become a spy? Listen to True Spies, a new podcast narrated by Hayley Atwell. E...
04/29/2020

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Think you have what it takes to become a spy? Listen to True Spies, a new podcast narrated by Hayley Atwell. Enter to win some of our favorite spy essentials, worth over $200!**

To enter:
-Subscribe, rate, and review our new podcast, True Spies, on iTunes (must do all three to enter!)
-Giveaway ends Friday, 5/1 at midnight EST.

**Giveaway available to US residents only

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Hayley Atwell on True Spies: "I’ve always had a passion for espionage and being asked to narrate True Spies from SPYSCAP...
04/28/2020

Hayley Atwell on True Spies: "I’ve always had a passion for espionage and being asked to narrate True Spies from SPYSCAPE was a huge honour and I’ve loved every moment."


Episode 1 of True Spies, narrated by Hayley Atwell, is out today! Click now to listen- http://lnk.to/true-spies
​#TrueSpies #HayleyAtwell

04/27/2020
Matt Damon Debrief: Bourne

Check out our new video! Debrief: Matt Damon on Bourne. Debrief is a documentary series that explores how actors, writers, and other artists feel about their work. Discover more on our newly launched YouTube channel:

Actor Matt Damon has portrayed Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne in four feature films: The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Ultima...

On April 28, hear from Mossad operative Gad Shimron as he takes us through Operation Brothers in the first episode of Tr...
04/26/2020

On April 28, hear from Mossad operative Gad Shimron as he takes us through Operation Brothers in the first episode of True Spies, narrated by Hayley Atwell. Learn more: https://spyscape.com/true-spies. #TrueSpies #HayleyAtwell

04/23/2020

Listen now to Hayley Atwell, fresh from playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel Universe, and now preparing for Mission: Impossible 7, as she brings you a teaser of amazing CIA, KGB & Mossad spy missions - asking ‘what you would do?’ in the midst of each mission. Click link to learn more: https://spyscape.com/true-spies. #TrueSpies #HayleyAtwell

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Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 24. Spy Mask. As symbols of rebellion go, few have had as much cultural reson...
12/24/2019

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 24. Spy Mask. As symbols of rebellion go, few have had as much cultural resonance as this repurposed Guy Fawkes mask. This widely recognized symbol of the Anonymous Hacker collective has become shorthand for Anonymous and hacking itself. Our special collection of Guy Fawkes masks are personalized with the handwritten aliases of some of the most infamous Anonymous members - ‘de-anonymizing’ these global icons.

Anonymous began as an online group of hackers and virtual activists with members who keep their real names a secret. The participants — the “Anons” — join and leave with such frequency, and have such a range of objectives, that it’s impossible to define Anonymous at any one moment. Many of their hacking operations are carried in support of libertarian and anti-establishment causes.

Their "hacktivism" has spread from the virtual to the real world on multiple occasions, and when protesting in public, members frequently wear these Guy Fawkes masks. The mask is a stylised depiction of Guy Fawkes, a member of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot which aimed to restore a Catholic monarch to the English throne by blowing up Parliament. In recognition of the plot’s failure, celebrations take place in the UK every November featuring masks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes.

Displaying an exaggerated smile and red cheeks, upturned moustache and pointed beard after a design by illustrator David Lloyd, the masks were popularized by the 1980s cult dystopian thriller V for Vendetta. Following the graphic novel’s 2005 film adaptation, the masks have since become a potent symbol of dissent, used by hackers and protesters worldwide. Most recently, protesters in Hong Kong have started using the mask in opposition to the government’s ban of masked demonstrations.

#history #advent #spyscape #spy #espionage #hacking #cybersecurity

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 23. Spy Sub. In 1942, Allied sailors extracted crucial Enigma code books from...
12/23/2019

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 23. Spy Sub. In 1942, Allied sailors extracted crucial Enigma code books from this submarine — U-559 — before she sank, taking them and most of her crew with her. Built at a scale of 1:70, this model features the U-559’s distinctive white donkey painted on the conning tower, which made the Type VIIC model submarine easily identifiable.

During WWII, American ships carried vital supplies to Britain across the Atlantic. But they risked being torpedoed by U-boats (the U is short for Untersee, "undersea"). British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the U-boats "the only thing that ever really frightened me during the war."

German U-boat commanders received their orders in messages encrypted by Enigma machines. The naval Enigmas were even more complex than the army and air force ones. Made with four rotors instead of the standard three, the machines had 890 quintillion possible settings! Breaking the Enigma codes meant that Allied ships could avoid the U-boats.

Spotted by a Royal Air Force flying boat patrol bomber, U-559 was forced to the surface after four Royal Navy destroyers began a lengthy attack. In desperation the crew abandoned ship without first destroying their two Enigma codebooks.

When three members of the Royal Navy boarded the vessel, they found valuable codebooks that helped break the U-boat Enigma cipher, and almost certainly shortened the war. The codebooks contained charts to generate the unique daily settings for the naval Enigma machines. The charts were so important that they were printed on water-soluble paper so that if a U-boat was in danger of capture, sailors could destroy them instantly. The captured tables were passed to the codebreakers at Bletchley Park who used the daily settings to read the Enigma messages with ease.

#history #advent #spyscape #spy #espionage #WWII #spygadgets #spytools #radio #radiohistory

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 22. Spy Copier. During the Cold War, this photographic document copier was us...
12/22/2019

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 22. Spy Copier. During the Cold War, this photographic document copier was used extensively by the KGB Soviet intelligence agency and its sister organisations in the Warsaw Pact for covertly making large numbers of photocopies with maximum speed.

The Yolka S-64 was a portable document copier manufactured in Belarus from 1985. The copier comprises of a base plate on which the document is placed, flanked on each side by a lamp which provided a steady and constant light from the sides. To the center, an adjustable arm holds a camera with a lens that focuses at short distances of less than 1 metre. The arms supporting the camera and lamps are foldable, so that the entire unit could be stored compactly within the base of the machine.

Once folded, the copier could be easily hidden inside its accompanying briefcase to be carried around inconspicuously. When needed, the setup took place in under a minute. The rounded cassettes to the sides of the camera held up to 40 metres of film, taking approximately 400 photographs at a time!

During the Cold War, making photocopies in the Soviet Union was not as common as in the West. Copies of documents were strictly regulated by the government and reproduction copiers, like the S-64, were kept under lock and key. In addition to use by the KGB, the copier was commonly used by law enforcement forces and border security for discreetly recording and making duplicates of foreigner’s travel documents.

#history #advent #spyscape #spy #espionage #ColdWar #spygadgets #spytools #cameras #spycameras

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 21. Spy Radio. This miniature spy radio set was used by Allied operatives dur...
12/21/2019

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 21. Spy Radio. This miniature spy radio set was used by Allied operatives during WWII to communicate with their handlers back in Britain. It became the standard radio equipment for SOE and French Resistance cells.

Throughout the war, the Allies positioned radios behind enemy lines so that civil broadcasts, such as political speeches and news, could be received from Britain. Hosted by the BBC, these broadcasts often included "personal messages," mixed in with the news and entertainment. An unsuspecting listener would never have suspected that these messages were frequently secret codes intended for agents behind enemy lines.

By 1942, the Germans became aware of the true nature of these BBC messages. Designed to counter the German’s subsequent confiscation of shortwave radios and jamming of BBC traffic, the MCR1 ‘Biscuit Tin’ radio was developed by Captain John Brown of the SOE's special signals section. The highly sensitive receiver could cover long, medium and short waves from 19 to 2000 metres. It could be battery powered, allowing it to be used on the move. Unlike a modern radio, the modular design meant that the components—receiver, power supply and coil packs— could be separated out and hidden as individual parts.

The radios were widely used throughout Europe and the Far East by resistance movements. Half of the 30,000 in production were distributed to the French Marquis & other Allied guerrilla forces. To reach operatives in occupied-Europe, the SOE developed a novel delivery method: airplanes piloted by the RAF dropped the radios, which were secured in metal tins, by parachute. The ‘biscuit tin’ nickname derives from the containers of Huntley & Palmers biscuits in which the receivers were stored to make them look inconspicuous.

#history #advent #spyscape #spy #espionage #WWII #spygadgets #spytools #radio #radiohistory

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 20. Spy Buttons. Surveillance and reconnaissance operations often involve lon...
12/20/2019

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 20. Spy Buttons. Surveillance and reconnaissance operations often involve long periods in the cold or rain. During the Cold War, a practical trench coat was a must, especially one with a spy camera behind the buttons!

These buttons were made for the F-21 spy camera. Also known as the ‘Ajax’, its small size and simplicity of operation made it ideal for covert operations. During the Cold War, it was used extensively by the KGB Soviet intelligence agency and its sister organisations in the Warsaw Pact.

Designed specifically for spy photography, the camera could be concealed in a coat behind a button opening. The camera would be harnessed to the user behind the coat, with the lens tucked behind a modified button. To take a picture, the wearer would squeeze a shutter cable hidden in the coat pocket, which would cause the fake button, sewn on to the lens in two halves, to open. The remainder of the buttons on the set were attached to the coat so that the lens blended in discreetly.

The camera was ideal for clandestine photography because it could shoot an entire roll of film from one wind of its motor. Once the first picture was taken, the camera automatically wound to the next image, so that agents could take multiple photographs in quick succession.

A range of accessories were developed to allow the camera to be used in other types of concealments, ranging from belt buckles, briefcases and handbags to cigarette packs. Another favorite from our collection is an original KGB umbrella with the Ajax camera hidden in the base!

#history #advent #spyscape #spy #espionage #ColdWar #spygadgets #spytools #cameras #spycameras

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 19. Spy Jumpsuit. These clear Mica Goggles and padded helmet are part of a ra...
12/19/2019

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 19. Spy Jumpsuit. These clear Mica Goggles and padded helmet are part of a rare camouflage jumpsuit worn by Special Operation Executive (SOE) agents while parachuting deep behind enemy lines during World War II.

Formed in 1940, the SOE was a clandestine army of spies who infiltrated enemy-occupied Europe and Asia. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told them to “set Europe ablaze!” The agents were incredibly brave and resourceful. Working with local resistance forces and Allied intelligence operatives, they were responsible for organizing sabotage and subversion. Priority was given to cutting enemy communications, including blowing up trains, bridges and factories, as well as fostering revolt and subverting enemy morale.

In a progressive step for the time, women were actively recruited, particularly those with language skills. Some were enlisted in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) to disguise their secret work. These were the only women permitted a combat role during WWII.

After paramilitary training, students completed a parachute course at the Royal Air Force station in Ringway, now Manchester airport. Selected agents were then sent to learn sabotage techniques or to be trained as radio operators. “Finishing schools” in the New Forest also provided general training in clandestine operations.

Following the completion of the gruelling training regime, SOE agents were parachuted into occupied Europe and the Far East. Once operatives landed, they had to work quickly to bury their parachute, jumpsuit and any other traces of landing. One of the suit pockets was designed with a deep, narrow opening to hold a spade for the task, which is still present in our suit! The uniform was nicknamed the "striptease" because its two front zips allowed for quick removal — revealing civilian clothes underneath to blend in anonymously. The goggles and soft helmet were specially designed to be flexible and foldable to aid speedy burial after landing.

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Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 18. Spy Prizes. These prestigious awards, including a 2016 Pulitzer Prize, we...
12/18/2019

Collection Highlights Advent Calendar. Day 18. Spy Prizes. These prestigious awards, including a 2016 Pulitzer Prize, were among those given to The Associated Press after four reporters used shoe-leather journalism and satellite technology to free more than 2,000 fishermen trapped in slavery in South East Asia.

The team - Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan - were investigating labor abuses in the global seafood industry when they discovered a slave island in eastern Indonesia. Here men had been forced to work around the clock on Thai fishing boats, some for decades. They earned little or no pay and could not escape. Using satellite technology, the journalists tracked a cargo ship full of slave-caught fish across the ocean. Then they tailed trucks delivering the seafood to local businesses that export to the US. Finally, they mined customs records to trace the catch to US supermarket shelves. The story helped spark public outcry. Retail and seafood businesses demanded action, men were freed, captains were jailed and multi-million dollar ships were seized. Policy changes and new regulations continue to be put in place as a result.

People watch the world in a huge variety of ways. The police use networks of CCTV cameras to follow suspects escaping from crime scenes. The military use drones to track extremists travelling through isolated regions. Four AP journalists used satellites to investigate a big issue with extraordinary results. Today, anyone with a smartphone can use intelligence-grade technology to not only locate others using GPS tracking, but also to record injustices once nearly impossible to prove. More than ever before, surveillance has the power to oppress, but also to liberate.

On loan from the Associated Press, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza, and Esther Htusan.

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We visited Spyscape to find out what type of spy we are! This is a hugely entertaining and interactive attraction :)
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Loved the museum, but don’t buy the overpriced fidgipen. It broke in 6 days and I didn’t even use it that much. The spin top came off twice too if you spin it too much. Was so excited for it too. 😪
Thanks to Sean who works in the NYC location! This 007 exhibit was awesome! #spycatcherdottie
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