In-Depth: A Former CIA Case Officer Reveals The Surprising Connection Between Watches and Espionage

In-Depth: A Former CIA Case Officer Reveals The Surprising Connection Between Watches and Espionage

On May 1st, 1960, USAF pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission in Soviet airspace, causing the infamous 1960 U-2 incident that had significant diplomatic implications during the height of the Cold War. Powers carried an escape and evasion (E&E) kit containing maps, a compass, gold coins, Soviet Rubles, and four gold watches. These watches were to be leveraged to barter his way to the border or some other place of safe harbor. Powers was immediately apprehended and was unable to utilize the watches for their intended purpose, as tools of espionage.



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