How the CIA Used a Rectal Toolkit and a False Scrotum as Concealment Devices During Cold War

The former Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez shares the agency’s secrets.

Joanna Henderson
Nov 29, 2020 · 4 min read
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Source: interview with Wired; a video screenshot edited by author using Canva

Jonna Mendez: the Genius Operative Sharing CIA’s Techniques

Jonna Mendez, the former CIA Chief of Disguise and current Board Member of the CIA Spy Museum, interviewed with WIRED, where she talked about many curious stories from her days at CIA. A whole section of those stories was dedicated to concealment devices, and it was arguably the best part of the interview.

The Cold War Required Serious Measures

The fight for world dominance between the United States and the Soviet Union has been on the map for a long time, and it still is. The Cold War called for certain measures that may seem over the top, but it was quite effective in reality.

The Intimate Devices Unknown to the Enemy

Many different devices were discussed during the interview. One of them was the false scrotum — a creative way to hide the necessary tools in a life or death situation. Jonna didn’t confirm how often the spies utilized this trick, but she had a very detailed and comprehensive description of this invention:

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