Joshuah Bearman wrote a great story for Wired. He summarized it for me thusly:
The story is a CIA rescue mission during the Iran
Hostage Crisis, when six American embassy staff escaped the compound and
were on the lam in Tehran for months -- until the CIA rescued them by
creating a fake Hollywood production company and pretended to be in Iran
location scouting for a big-budget sci-fi epic. I swear, it's all true. The
CIA even got an office for their fake production company at Sunset/Gower
studios, had a script and concept art, and took out ads in Variety. There
are many more strange digressions in detail, but I'll let you find out about
them in the story.
In Errol Morris' First Person series, he did a documentary about the CIA agent responsible for the Sci-fi rescue. He talks about it in some detail. The episode is called "The Little Gray Man"
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3D printing has been one of those “next big thing” innovations among early adopters and the tech circle in-crowd for a few years now. However, the prospect of creating your own three-dimensional objects is still in its relative infancy with the general public. While the idea itself is fascinating to most, high prices and the […]
White hat hackers get paid to find holes in their own employers’ online systems, and plug those holes before they become serious security risks. It’s a job that pays handsomely…mostly because few job candidates, even experienced IT professionals, have the skills to scamper over firewalls and infiltrate the deepest recesses of a battle-tested network. But […]
Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device? The Blumoo Universal Remote, now just $52.99 in the Boing Boing Store, harnesses the audio power of all your household equipment right […]