CIA Experimented With “Inception” Long Before Hollywood Thunk It

Cryptome Exposes CIA Hypnosis Programs

Adam Weinstein|Mother Jones

Before there was WikiLeaks, there was Cryptome. (And it’s probably a safe bet that after WikiLeaks is long gone, there will still be a Cryptome.) Via Spencer Ackerman at Wired‘s Danger Room, here’s a pair of memos, posted to the intelligence-secrets website, that show the CIA was all up in that Inception-type business in the Cold War: using deep hypnosis to create unwitting double agents and implant secret communications in their brains, where they can’t be intercepted! Cue evil laugh! “I assure you, it will work,” the agency’s mesmerism cheerleader writes. Full docs are below the jump.

No surprises here to those who are well-acquainted both with science fiction and the CIA’s fondness for far-out mind experiments.

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