CIA ‘kidnapped’ Soviet mooncraft for detailed study

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    As the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, a revelation has come to fore that during the Cold War race to the moon between the US and the former USSR, the former had "kidnapped'' a Soviet mooncraft in the 60s called Lunik, studied it in detail and returned it intact. This operation was carried out by the CIA when the Soviets were moving the mooncraft from one exhibition to another in various cities. The US National Security Archive declassified the information recently by releasing a document detailing the operation. It's called "The Kidnapping Of The Lunik." In the 60s, the Soviet Union held exhibitions in several countries highlighting its achievements. The Lunik was a part of this show. These mooncraft were launched between 1959 and 1976, and 15 were successful and accomplished many firsts in space exploration. The Americans were keen on obtaining details of the Lunik. According to the documents, the CIA studied Lunik for a day, but were unable to get close to it as it was heavily guarded. So, CIA planned to gain access to Lunik by "kidnapping" it. Lunik was enclosed in a crate that was being carted from the second exhibition at its conclusion to a rail yard. The CIA agents, attired in Soviet uniforms, arranged to make the truck with the mooncraft the last one to drive out. While the truck was heading towards a rail yard, they stopped it, threw a canvas sheet over the crate, pulled out the driver and replaced him by another and took the vehicle to a nearby empty field.The original driver was escorted to a hotel. Once in the field, the CIA photographed every aspect of the mooncraft, jotted down all its details and transmitted them to the local CIA station. The following day, the Lunik was returned to the Soviets without ever evoking their suspicion!

    CIA ‘kidnapped’ Soviet mooncraft for detailed study - The Times of India
     
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    Soviets Also Hacked Canadian Fighter Jet Program under the nose of Americans :thumb:
     
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