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Cloak and dagger world of spies exposed in NYC show

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The World War Two Enigma machine used by German military and intelligence services to create what they thought were unbreakable messages can be seen at the "Spy, The Secret World of Espionage" exhibition, in New York City.

Reuters reports: NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mysterious cloak and dagger world of international espionage and its real-life heros and villains are exposed in a new exhibition, the first to be sanctioned by U.S. intelligence agencies. "Spy, the Secret World of Espionage," which opens at the Discovery Times Square on Friday, includes hundreds of artifacts, some from the vaults of the CIA and FBI and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

They range from a World War Two-era collapsible motorbike that could be dropped by parachute and deployed in 10 seconds and a German ENIGMA machine to create secret messages to a camel saddle used by one of the first CIA agents in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks to bugging devices, microdots and surveillance equipment.

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A kit of tools used by East German members of the Stasi secret police, concealed in a leather case, for spying and surveillance purposes can be seen at the "Spy, The Secret World of Espionage" exhibition, in New York City.

They may not have Q in their corners, but real spies do have gadgets that would fit right into a James Bond movie. Msnbc.com's Rosa Golijan tours an exhibition of spy tools.