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CIA Manual Thought Lost In 1973 Available On Amazon 190

Posted by samzenpus
from the there-is-no-manual-nor-has-there-ever-been-a-manual dept.
An anonymous reader writes "At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid renowned magician John Mulholland $3,000 to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document were believed to be destroyed in 1973. Turns out one survived — and is now available on Amazon."

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CIA Manual Thought Lost In 1973 Available On Amazon

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  • by RDW (41497) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @09:01AM (#30236164)

    'Turns out one survived -- and is now available on Amazon'

    Or at least, that's what they want you to think...

    • "22 new from $14.41 / 4 used from $15.39"

      Ok..if only 1 survived, how come there are 4 used copies available on Amazon?
  • by aquabat (724032) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @09:04AM (#30236178) Journal
    This is not the book you are looking for.....move along.....
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I wonder how long until it gets globally deleted via the wireless updates.

  • by Sara Chan (138144) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @09:22AM (#30236302)
    So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe [boston.com].

    Genius idea: have the Slashdot summary link to the actual story. YES!!!
    • by arachnoprobe (945081) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @09:24AM (#30236314)

      Genius idea: have the Slashdot summary link to the actual story. YES!!!

      You must be new here.

    • by lxs (131946)

      Meh that's so 1994. This is the new /b/ inspired internet where links are linking links that link links. There isn't even a story or a book. It's all links.

      • by Megane (129182)

        Yo dawg, I heard you like links, so I put some links in your links so you can link your links.

        Anyhow, this manual's existence just goes to show that information really does want to be free. Or at least wants to go from classified document to $10.99 a copy.

    • by CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @10:04AM (#30236572)

      So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe [boston.com]

      Slashdot: now a free treasure hunt with every story !

    • by microcars (708223)
      it is called Lubrication. Internet does not work without it.
    • by ozbird (127571)

      So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe.

      "Misdirection", check; give it a few minutes for "concealment" to kick in...

    • by Lunzo (1065904)

      So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe.

      I think there's less misdirection than usual. Normally /. would link to some dude's blog which is calling another blog writer an idiot and happens to quote one line from the Huffington Post article. Once you eventually find the article it will be split over ten pages with one paragraph of text on each, surrounded by an

  • by Hurricane78 (562437) <(deleted) (at) (slashdot.org)> on Thursday November 26, 2009 @09:28AM (#30236352)

    It’s not particularly hard to find. Amongst the things that I found on eDonkey, some old anarchy sites, etc, are tons of CIA and army manuals about questionable topics. The one I found particularly nice was a guide that explained to you how to get a major or other politician off his post, or even killed, trough small nudges here and there in the town. Talk to someone here, do this there, and let the event cascade roll into a avalanche that breaks his neck.
    Then of course torture and interrogation manuals, building bombs and healing yourself in emergency situations or covert operations, etc. etc. etc. Everything from TNT over Napalm, termite, picking locks, spying on people, spy protection, and ten years ago I found a complete technical description of how to build a nuclear bomb. With a text file attached, saying to ask there and there when you’d find yourself in need for the “materials” to build it. ^^
    Luckily I was only angry at my dad, and not at any country, back then. ^^
    Hmm... I wonder if I still have them somewhere... probably locked away in a archive with military-grade encryption that I forgot the password to. ;)

  • So, it looks like it worked, then...

  • Amazon link [amazon.com] (from the article, which shows that the Huffington Post guys took it from boingboing... so if there is a referrer code in there, then it isn't mine).

    I much prefer a link to the book on amazon than a write up about how it exists there. Given that the book is "In Stock" for $15, I'm guessing this isn't the one remaining copy for sale :)

    • ... or I could have deduced that they took it from boingboing by just reading the very next two words after the link, where they credit the story as "via BoingBoing"
  • by L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @09:46AM (#30236456)
    Chapter One: Misdirection
    Let me preface this with a few words WHOA LOOK BEHIND YOU MAN! Did you look? I knew it! There you go. Misdirection.

    Chapter 2: Concealment:
    Watch Pulp Fiction. Captain Koons talking to Butch about his grandpa's wristwatch is all you need know.

    Chapter 3: Stagecraft.
    See Chapter One. Do something while they're not looking. If someone looks while you're doing whatever it is you're doing, kill them. Claim they were terrorists.
  • Mandatory (Score:3, Funny)

    by frozentier (1542099) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @09:46AM (#30236462)
    I was under the impression that this book was mandatory reading for all U.S. politicians.
  • Contrary to what the summary implies, it's a reprint based on a surviving copy. The actual original from the seventies is going to fetch more than $20, and will probably not be available at Amazon.

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