The secret world of spy gear
The CIA is selling spy equipment that could be used to track the whereabouts of U.S. troops.
In an unusual move, the agency is selling surplus military equipment like infrared goggles and surveillance equipment, including thermal imagers, infrared-guided bombs and infrared-sensing cameras.
The agency has been selling the gear, including infrared cameras and infrared equipment, since 2012.
This new inventory, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, has not yet been made public.
“This is not some secret government program.
It’s part of our mission to defend America and our allies,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday.
Pompeo has said that the CIA will not sell the equipment to any other agency.
The CIA’s sales of spy equipment are unusual given the agency’s history of purchasing equipment from companies that it does not trust, according to the Journal.
The department has purchased surveillance equipment for other U.N. missions, including in Afghanistan.
“The CIA is always looking for new ways to help defend our allies and the U.A.E.,” Pompeo told reporters in March.
The new equipment is being sold by the CIA to U.K. firms.
The equipment includes goggles that can track an area of interest with an infrared beam, thermal imager and an infrared-powered camera, according the WSJ.
The infrared-based equipment can also detect small objects that can be tracked, and can even detect people, according The Journal.
It is unclear what the CIA hopes to gain by selling these equipment.
“It’s kind of a no-brainer that you want to be able to get at the people who are doing the actual intelligence collection and it’s the intelligence collection that’s really important,” former National Security Agency contractor and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said on MSNBC on Wednesday, according in the WSJD.
The Washington Post reported earlier this year that the intelligence community had begun to look at the possibility of buying surveillance equipment from foreign firms.
But the U,S.
government has resisted such an arrangement, citing concerns about the privacy implications of selling the equipment.
In December, the FBI said it would not buy any surveillance equipment.