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Interactive activities Videos
Facts Vocabulary
History Webquests

(Updated on 20/04/2011)


Related pages :

Big Brother
James BOND



History :

  • Police officer hospitalised as Scotland Yard reveals nerve agent was used in Russian spy case - with pictures and videos - 7 March 2018
    "A police officer is fighting for his life, Scotland Yard has revealed, as they confirmed that the "substance" used against Russian spy Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter was a nerve agent."




  • The Longer View: Espionage
    "From the early days of the Secret Service to the murky circumstances of Alexander Litvinenko’s death,
    the covert world of spies and intelligence rarely comes to light. When it does, the revelations tend to make headline news.
    The mystery and secrecy that surrounds the world of espionage has intrigued the public since the inception of the Secret Service over a century ago."


  • Edward Snowden: Leaks that exposed US spy programme - 25 October 2013
    "Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA, left the US in late May after leaking to the media details of extensive internet and phone surveillance
    by American intelligence. Mr Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, faces espionage charges over his actions.
    As the scandal widens, BBC News looks at the leaks which brought the US spying activities to light."


  • Judge sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years - 21 August 2013
    "A military judge on Wednesday sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison, bringing to a close
    the government’s determined pursuit of the Army intelligence analyst who leaked the largest cache of classified documents in U.S. history."

    See Listening

    Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison - Article + Video
    "Bradley Manning was jailed for 35 years for the largest intelligence leak in US history, but WikiLeaks claimed a “strategic victory”
    after it emerged he could walk free in only seven.


  • Area 51 'declassified' in U-2 spy plane history - 16 August 2013
    "The CIA has officially acknowledged the secret US test site known as Area 51, in a newly unclassified internal history of the U-2 spy plane programme."


  • Lockheed’s U-2: The spyplane from Area 51 - 14 August 2013
    "The Lockheed U-2 helped create Area 51 and spied on the Soviet Union from the edge of space. It's still in service 57 years later.
    BBC Future peers into its fascinating history."


  • Catalogue of wartime British spy gadgets discovered - 30 October 2012
    "A rare wartime book documenting the ingenious James Bond-style gadgets invented by British 'spooks' to help prisoners of war escape has been discovered."



  • In pictures: A century of MI5
    100 years of MI5 revealed in first official account

    "The Security Service commonly known as MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5), is the United Kingdom's counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of the intelligence machinery alongside the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6), Government Communications Headquarters(GCHQ) and the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS)."


  • Personal Space Invaders
    The top science-and-tech privacy threats of 2007.

    "It's been another big year for scientific and technological encroachments on individual privacy.
    For good or ill, governments and businesses are finding new ways to enter what used to be considered personal space.
    Here are this year's top 10 highlights."

    1. Surveillance cameras. 2. The war on smoking. 3. The war on junk food. 4. The war on salt.
    5. Pedestrian cell-phone use. 6. Naked body scanners. 7. Phone-surveillance ads. 8. Human chip implants.
    9. Mind-reading. 10. Manipulating sexual orientation.



  • Spies and Spymasters - biographies ( :
    George Blake - Guy Burgess - William Colby - John Le Carre - Somerset Maugham -
    Ian Fleming - Graham Greene - Kim Philby - J. Edgar Hoover...



Facts :

  • CIA taps huge potential of digital technology - Article + Photos + Video with Edward Snowden - 29 June 2016
    "At CIA headquarters in Langley, the office of the director of digital innovation sits next to the agency's in-house museum filled with artefacts from its history."

  • Picture power: Secret agents - 29 October 2014
    "From the drama of the cinematic image, through to the gloss of the advertisement, every photograph has a layer of visual baggage hanging over it.
    Even when working with straight pictures of news events, the line between fact and fiction can blur."

    + Secret Service story


  • Becoming a Secret Agent
    "Spies drive Ferraris, jet-set around the globe, party with models and billionaires, whip out their karate skills and use cool gadgets, right?
    Not quite - get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a spy!"


  • How to Become a Spy
    "For you to become a top secret agent, you must have certain characteristics, and learn many skills and abilities.
    This page lists what it takes, for you to use it as your personal training curriculum!"

    - with a Spy Dictionary (Talk like a real spy!)

  • How to Become a Secret Agent
    "Becoming a secret agent is tough, as the United States government chooses the most talented people for this job."


  • How to be a secret agent
    "Have you ever wanted to be a secret agent? Follow this step by step tutorial on how to do so."

    + Spy Games

  • Skeleton of hero World War II carrier pigeon found in chimney with a secret message still attached to its leg - 1 November 2012
    (and now Bletchley Park are trying to crack the code)

    Carrier pigeons "can reach speeds of 80mph and distances of 700 miles.
    The RAF trained 250,000 birds in World War II, forming the National Pigeon Service...
    Thirty-two pigeons were even decorated with the Dicken Medal during the war years - the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross." 


    Quest to crack secrets of lost D-Day pigeon - ARTICLE + VIDEO
    "It was part of a very special air service crucial to the D-Day landings."
  • US NSA chief courts hackers at Def Con - 28 July 2012
    "US spy master Keith Alexander has courted hackers at an infamous Defcon gathering rife with software tricksters wary of police and ferociously protective of privacy.
    National Security Agency (NSA) director Alexander was the latest, and perhaps the most controversial, federal official to attend the annual hacker conference in Las Vegas to recruit warriors for battles being fought in cyber space."

  • FBI quietly forms secretive Net-surveillance unit
    "CNET has learned that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing new electronic surveillance technologies, including intercepting Internet, wireless, and VoIP communications."



    U.S. says China, Russia active in cyber espionage - 3 November 2011
    "China and Russia are using cyber espionage to steal U.S. trade and technology secrets to bolster their own economic development and that poses a threat to U.S. prosperity and security, an intelligence report said on Thursday..."


    U.S. Takes Hard Line on Chinese Economic Cyberspying
    " U.S. intelligence officials estimate that U.S. companies suffered losses of about $50 billion in 2009 from their research and development efforts.
    This loss represents trade secrets and intellectual property that have been seized through cyber-attacks, piracy and company insider thefts.
    American businesses and their intellectual property are aggressively being targeted by Chinese and Russian intelligence entities, resulting in the
    loss of billions of dollars, according to a report released today entitled: “Foreign Spies Stealing US Economic Secrets in Cyberspace.”..." 


  • 6 Real World Spy Gadgets Straight Out of the Movies (
  • Miniature spy helicopter used to hunt pirates
    "It is only seven foot long and weighs just 49lbs but it is the latest weapon in the war on piracy in Africa...
    A remote-controlled mini-helicopter, which can fire tasers, grenades and shotgun shells, is being used to track pirates off the Horn of Africa and enforce law on the streets in the US...
    The discreet Shadowhawk UAV is proving an effective crime-fighting solution for both police forces and private companies."



  • CIA reveals invisible ink recipes used by WWI spies
    "World War I spies engraved messages on toe-nails and used lemon juice to write invisible letters, classified documents released by the CIA reveal."



  • The secrets of Anna Chapman - An article + a video
    "Russia's Anna Chapman captured the media world's attention last year when she was deported from the US, accused of being a spy.
    The BBC's Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg investigates "Russia's most glamorous secret agent"."



  • Is CCTV creeping too far ?
    "For the last 25 years CCTV has proliferated into public spaces across the UK, but is it going too far to use cameras to give parking tickets and enforce bus lane rules?"


    Drive-by Spies - The growing phenomenon of the CCTV Smart Car

    Big Brother Watch 
    "is a libertarian British pressure group founded in 2009 to "fight injustice and campaigns to protect our civil liberties and personal freedoms".
    The group campaigns on a variety of issues including the rise of CCTV, the database state, ID cards and airport body scanners."


  • Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning's health 'declining'
    "Pte Manning, a US soldier, is being held in solitary confinement in a high-security military prison at Quantico marine base, Virginia."

    "frazzled / confined to his cell 23 hours a day and is not allowed to exercise or have access to media /
    checked upon every five minutes / light kept in his cell / heavy and uncomfortable blankets / very weak"


  • Wikileaks' Julian Assange tells of 'smear campaign'
    (smear campaign = "campagne de diffamation")
    "Mr Assange is staying at a house in Bungay, Suffolk, after being freed on bail by the High Court in London while awaiting extradition proceedings...
    Mr Justice Ouseley ordered Mr Assange be bailed on payment of £240,000 in cash and sureties.
    The judge imposed strict bail conditions including wearing an electronic tag, reporting to police every day and observing a curfew.
    Mr Assange must also reside at a manor home on the Norfolk-Suffolk border owned by Vaughan Smith, a Wikileaks-supporting journalist and owner of the Frontline Club in London. 
    + AUDIO

    "Julian Assange sur les marches
    de la haute cour de Londres,
    le jour de sa libération conditionnelle,
    le 16 décembre 2010." 



    "Julian Assange devant le manoir
    dans lequel il réside près de Norwich, en Grande-Bretagne, depuis sa libération sous caution,
    le 17 décembre 2010." 


  • Wikileaks' Assange arrested in UK - 7 December 2010
    "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is due in court in London for an extradition hearing over sexual assault allegations in Sweden...
    A Wikileaks spokesman said Mr Assange's arrest was an attack on media freedom but it would not stop the release of more secret files. "




  • The Top Secret Network of Government and its Contractors - interactive
    45 government organisations in Top Secret America
    - A Washington Post Investigation
    "Top Secret America" is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."


  • CIA and FBI sent on museum course to 'refresh sense of inquiry'
    "They are among groups of law enforcement officials, also including New York police officers and members of the US Secret Service, who have attended classes at the city's Metropolitan Museum of Art."

    "There's more to a picture than meets the eye."
    "Don't just look at a picture and see a picture. See what's happening."


  • Secret Intelligence Service (Wikipedia)
    "The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), more commonly known as MI6 (originally Military Intelligence Section 6),
    or the Secret Service or simply Six, is the United Kingdom's external security agency."


  • The Security Service, usually called MI5,
    " is the British counter-intelligence and security agency....
    It is mainly concerned with internal security, whilst the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) looks after external security."



  • CIA Homepage for Kids (
    K-5th Grade Homepage - Who We Are & What We Do - The CIA Seal - Operation History - Intelligence Book List - CIA Canine Corps - Aerial Photography Pigeons - Games - Say No To Drugs - Spy-Fi Archives - Other Government Kids Pages
    Tout sur la CIA avec des jeux et le "World Fact Book".


  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (Wikipedia)

    1 Overall mission
    2 History
    3 Organization

    3.1 BOI and FBI Directors
    3.2 Hiring process
    4 Publications
    5 Crime statistics

    5.1 Uniform Crime Reports
    5.2 National Incident Based Reporting System
    6 Media portrayal
    7 Criticism
    8 See also
    9 Further reading
    10 References
    11 External links


Vocabulary :

  • NSA-GCHQ Snowden leaks: A glossary of the key terms
    "When the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers published the first of Edward Snowden's NSA-GCHQ leaks in June, it unleashed a stream of abbreviations, acronyms and jargon describing the cyberspies' activities."


  • Military fact file: Drones
    "To the military, they are UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems).
    However, they are more commonly known as drones...
    Those used by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force range from small intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance craft,
    some light enough to be launched by hand, to medium-sized armed drones and large spy planes."

    MQ-1B Predator / MQ-9 Reaper

    See Unmanned aerial vehicle (Wikipedia)


  • Tools of Tradecraft: The CIA’s Historic Spy Kit
    "From mosquito drones to couture cameras, the CIA had its agents' needs covered.
    Some of these devices are now displayed in the CIA's museum, located at the agency's Langley, Virginia, headquarters...
    Recently the CIA launched a Flickr stream with images of some of its declassified historic spy tools. "



    Tools of Tradecraft: More Spy Gear From the CIA, Others
    "We've expanded the rogue's gallery of ingenious spy gadgets with a raft of devious tricks from the former Soviet bloc and other countries,
    including a lipstick gun, shoe bug..."



  • to keep tabs on somebody = 'avoir ou tenir quelqu'un à l'oeil'



  • Wiretapping (

    "Telephone tapping (or wire tapping/wiretapping in the US) is the monitoring of telephone and Internet conversations by a third party, often by covert means."

  • Glossary (



Listening :


  • The Real James Bonds - with the script (BBC)
    "In this programme we meet two real James Bonds, officers who work for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)...
    Do real agents have a licence to kill? Does 'M' exist? What about gadgets? Find out the answers in this programme."


INTERACTIVE activities :

  • Spies - interactive activity
    "Spies need gadgets, or special tools, to help them do their work - for example, a backpack that they can also use as a parachute.
    If you want to be a spy, you need to know what gadgets can do!
    On the left you'll see some pictures of gadgets that a spy might use.
    On the right you'll see some sentences - these tell you what a spy can use the gadgets for. Can you guess what the gadgets can do?
    Match the pictures with the descriptions. Can you guess correctly? Could you be a spy?"

    (British Council)



Activities TO PRINT :



Lesson plans :

  • PROJECT JAMES BOND (Madie - Ac. Paris)


Webquests :

  • SAFE or TRAPPED ? - a webquest (about Biological Identification, Technological Devices and Surveillance)
    Niveau : 4ème - 3ème

    Après la webquest :

    Imprimer les images sur un transparent afin de faire parler les élèves,
    l'objectif étant de retrouver les connaissances acquises lors de la webquest.




Videos :




  • Coca-Cola Security Cams (YouTube)
    "This really is an extraordinary video, and is tailor-made to use in an ESL class — it’s extremely engaging and has lots of different activities that students can describe and discuss."
    (Larry Ferlazzo)


  • US advances in drone development - 29 December 2011
    "Private companies are developing smaller, more sophisticated unmanned military drones to be used for air strikes or reconnaissance missions."



  • 'Hummingbird' Spy Drone Takes Flight - Newsy Video
    "After years of development the hummingbird drone is in flight, and now there's speculation on how Uncle Sam will use it." View transcript >>



    Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
    "No, it's the army's latest $4million spy drone disguised as a hummingbird, measuring just 16 centimetres."
    - with a VIDEO


  • Mark Zuckerberg Named TIME's 'Person of the Year' + the TRANSCRIPT
    "Some in the media say Zuck deserves it- others say- Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange- was robbed..."


  • Wikileaks Christmas Song 2010
    "Dan and Dan blow the whistle with their Wikileaks Christmas Song 2010.
    Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Worried about freedom of speech?
    Why not combine the two! Are they really going to expose all those Christmas lies?"





  • Stormbreaker 
    "is a 2006 British spy film based on Anthony Horowitz's novel of the same name...
    Alex Rider ... is a fourteen year-old orphan, who lives with his uncle Ian Rider ... and their housekeeper Jack Starbright...
    Ian is supposedly a bank manager and is, much to Alex's regret, often away from home. One day Alex is told that his uncle has died in a car crash. Alex subsequently discovers that Ian Rider was in fact a spy working for MI6 and that he was killed by famed assassin..."


    Watch the trailer.
    "Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is a normal teenager who lives with his uncle, a nondescript bank manager... or so it seems until his uncle—Ian Rider
    (Ewan McGregor)—disappears under mysterious circumstances. Alex soon learns that his uncle was a spy for Britain's secret intelligence service MI6, and he is recruited to take on a dangerous mission for the British secret service to infiltrate the organization of a sinister billionaire
    (Mickey Rourke).  Within days he's gone from schoolboy to super spy —but will Alex's first assignment be his last?"


    Stormbreaker trailer - a worksheet + Questions
    sent by Beatrice Sauderais (Ac. Nantes)


  • Inside a spy shop
    "Spencer Kelly takes a look around a spy shop at some of the products available to help keep tabs on people.
    These include a watch, a box of tissues and a pen that all contain hidden cameras."

    to keep tabs on somebody = 'avoir ou tenir quelqu'un à l'oeil'


  • Pigeon : impossible
    "A rookie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training:
    what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase."



  • Intelius Date Check  (YouTube) - UPDATED

    Date Check
    "Simply enter a name, phone number or email address and instantly get
    accurate and comprehensive results. With features like Sleaze Detector, Compatibility, Net Worth, Interests and Living Situation you can be
    in the know on the go. "Look up before you hook up."


  • Tortured Logic - an animation by Mark Fiore


  • Aye, Spy! - Animation de Mark Fiore

  • Surveillance - Pizza Palace (
    "The government and corporations are aggressively collecting information about your personal life and your habits.
    They want to track your purchases, your medical records, and even your relationships..."



Cartoons :

Cartoon: Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut?
"Bradley Manning, the US Army private who leaked thousands of classified documents, has been convicted of espionage but not of aiding the enemy..."




Cartoon: Spying Then And Now



Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
- Cartoons




Cartoon: One lump - shaken not stirred ...
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas 
from the Daily Express 
relates to the Queen's appearance
in the James Bond spoof
during the Olympics opening ceremony 
on Friday..."



WikiLeaks Terrorist Guides
- a cartoon with an explanation

Wikileaks - Cartoons



WikiLeaks Putting Lives at Risk
"This cartoon by Steve Bell from the The Guardian is a comment on
the official response to the 
disclosure by WikiLeaks of
thousands of classified
US diplomatic cables
. The UK government says that WikiLeaks
is threatening national security



Russian spies - Cartoons


We're Being Googled

Welcome to the USA!




Domestic spying

For security purposes

Who's naughty ?




Right to privacy


My little terrorist



The name's Bond


TV series :


Cinema :

  • Secrets of the Dead: Umbrella Assassin
    "On Monday, September 11, 1978, Bulgarian émigré, writer, and broadcast journalist Georgi Markov died in London at the age of 49.
    A political murder, his death remains one of the Cold War’s greatest mysteries."