Not Exactly Three Days Of The Condor

Spy vs. SpyI was stumbling around wikipedia, doing some research, and I came across an article entitled “Israeli animal spy conspiracy theories“, which, frankly, I found to be comedy gold.

Israel has been accused of sending a spy pelican and a spy vulture to Sudan. The birds, wearing a GPS device and a tag with the sign “Tel Aviv University,” were captured by local officials. Sudanese authorities refused to return the GPS transmitters.

I’m no expert on bird enslavement, but, to me, this sounds suspiciously like a tag-and-release program to track migratory habits – although I understand that the situation is easy to confuse with an undercover pelican.

In October 2008 Iran captured two pigeons, who reportedly showed unusual interest in Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz.

I wish they were a little clearer about what makes up “unusual interest”; were the birds wandering around the entrance begging for cigarettes and trying to seduce the facilities’ employees into revealing some of the secrets within?

In 2007, Iranian media reported that 14 large squirrels carrying espionage equipment were intercepted near their border.

Define large? Are we talking large for a squirrel, or large for a mid-size SUV?Spy squirrelI do love the mental image of squirrels with tiny satellite dishes strapped to their backs and secret service-style earpieces equipped, but, again, I rather suspect this is a bit of a case of mistaken science identity, probably related to migration. Even in this day and age, enforced ignorance of what’s actually possible can put people into the realm of Clarke’s third law.
Clarke's Third Law

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