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  Tragic end for spy cat
Updated 05 November 2001, 13.16
Spy cat
An unbelievable mission to train cats to spy on Russians has been revealed.

Like something out of a spoof James Bond film, the CIA spent five years and 10m training a moggy to spy for them.

The CIA is America's spy agency in other countries.

Acoustic Kitty

They hoped the cat, rigged up with microphones and an antennae in its tail, could pad around unnoticed and listen in on secret spy conversations.

Fact File
Other spy failures
A plan to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro with exploding seashells
A US scientist killed himself after bungled tests with mind-control drugs
A psychic tried to spy on a Soviet base using only his "powers"
But Operation Acoustic Kitty, as it was called, seemed doomed to failure when the cat kept wandering off to chase mice or look for food.

Abandoned

And the project did indeed go horribly wrong when the cat was killed on its first "mission".

CIA officers sent the cat into a park to spy for them, but sadly it was hit by a taxi and died.

The operation, which was abandoned in 1967, has only just been made public.

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