Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Great Seal Bug Story (updated)

Our compendium of first and second-hand accounts about The Great Seal Bug continues to grow. The latest contribution has just been posted, along with this rare schematic of the bug from Scientific American, and a video newsreel of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. showing off the device at the United Nations in 1960.

Our latest voice of history begins... "I am a former Foreign Service Officer.
I have a certain amount of first hand, and a larger amount of 2nd hand knowledge about the thing, having worked for a couple of years in the early 1960s in the organization that was responsible for dealing with it and all similar problems - the division of technical services of the office of security of the department of state: abbreviated as O:SY/T.

I knew the tech who actually discovered the thing (slightly), and heard from him in detail exactly how he found it.
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