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The International Spy Museum reopens, lifting veil of those "working in the shadows"

May 13, 2019 - CBS News

In 1777, Gen. George Washington established the country's first spy network to take on the British during the Revolutionary War. That is where America's spy story begins, but the $162 million International Spy Museum, in Washington, D.C., is re-imagining what spycraft looks like today.

A New Spy Museum That Tackles Torture And Other Tough Questions

May 10, 2019 - NPR

A Soviet agent killed Trotsky in Mexico in 1940. H. Keith Melton, a board member at the museum, spent years tracking down the weapon, and purchased it for a hefty sum in 2008. "We needed it here," said Melton. Melton has been a relentless collector for more than 40 years. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, he headed there in search of items from East Germany's notorious secret police. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, he was knocking on the door of KGB headquarters in Moscow within a month.

Former CIA Chief Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV

May 8, 2019 - WIRED

Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are.

PHOTOS: The (New) International Spy Museum

May 8, 2019 - Washingtonian

Already overflowing with intelligence community members, the District’s spies will have a new (unclassified) place to call home come Sunday morning when the International Spy Museum throws open the doors to its shiny new building on L’Enfant Plaza.

Spy Museum to offer newly dimensional look into world of espionage

May 8, 2019 - CBS News

After almost three years and more than $160 million spent on the construction of an expanded, purpose-designed building, the International Spy Museum is set to reopen this weekend in a new location – L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. – where it will offer a newly dimensional look into the world of espionage.

Ingenious gadgets, real-world quandaries at Washington's all-new Spy Museum AFP

May 8, 2019 - AFP

A lipstick pistol, a button-hole camera, a lethal umbrella and an authentic waterboarding table: the espionage world's heroic, ingenious and sordid sides are all on show in Washington's all-new, much-expanded International Spy Museum.

DC’s International Spy Museum reboot set to thrill, educate visitors

May 7, 2019 - WTOP

Centuries of espionage, including its cloistered history, images and tradecraft, are set to go on display in D.C. on May 12. The International Spy Museum complex, housed in an eye-catching glass and steel building in Southwest D.C., is a labyrinth of virtual and real sights and sounds that document the evolution of the sometimes dark and dangerous world of spying.

Real spies, not James Bond, take spotlight at new Spy Museum

May 7, 2019 - Associated Press

James Bond’s shiny silver sports car — with its JB007 rotating license plate — is the first thing visitors see when they step into the new and improved International Spy Museum that opens Sunday in Washington. After that, it’s as if the history of Hollywood’s famous private eye vanishes in invisible ink, while the stories of real-life spies and modern-day espionage take center stage.

A Reimagined Spy Museum in Washington Doesn’t Flinch From the Darker Side

May 6, 2019 - The New York Times

The intelligence craft in American history and culture is a decidedly mixed bag. It has served up intrigue, genius and heroism, clever undercover operations and brain-boggling gadgetry, making it a linchpin of popular entertainment. Yet the spy trade also has a darker strain: Prone to epic failures and frequently in ethical trouble, the agencies have been embroiled in recent years in scandals involving brutal torture and secret surveillance.

Aliza Bran

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