A bunch of declassified documents from the CIA’s Science and Technology Directorate released 12 years ago revealed that the CIA tried to use cats to spy on the Kremlin during the Cold War. One such exercise involved wiring a cat, Acoustic Kitty, so he could perform his eavesdropping duties by listening in to secret conversations from window sills, park benches or dustbins.
It wasn’t quite as awesome in the actual execution though; a former CIA officer said the cat was basically slit open and had batteries inserted in him, while his tail was converted into an antenna. The first live trial was a costly multi-million disaster that didn’t end well either: ‘They took it out to a park and put him out of the van, and a taxi comes and runs him over. There they were, sitting in the van with all those dials, and the cat was dead.’
We can’t make this stuff up.