part of the CIA and if people outside the agency had any idea how
many Disney pins people wear and bits of merchandise we have on the
desks in Langley alone, I’m pretty sure you’d all think we’re too
immature to possibly be trusted with the information we have."
Pictured above is Colt’sT-12, a rare prototype clandestine weapon designed to be used for assassinations. Chambered in a .12 calibre round the weapon is just 2 inches long and with a diameter of 1/2 inch. The T-12 has a passing resemblance to a pen and would have been used at close range, perhaps to the back of the neck or temple. It is believed to have been developed for the OSS or SOE although I haven’t been able to find any mention of the T-12 outside of the auction sites selling them. It is possible the T-12 was developed after World War Two.
The T-12′s .12 cal bullet, apparently a non-firing dummy round (source)
The T-12 is loaded by unscrewing the end of the barrel to allow the user to load a single cartridge. From the images we can deduce that the weapon functioned by retracting the brass cocking knob on the top of the receiver and then releasing it to slam forward and strike the cartridge. There is what appears to be a safety slot cut into the receiver to allow the cocking knob/bolt to be placed in a cocked but safe position. Presumably the weapon was cocked and put on safe and when ready to fire the bolt was released from the safety slot by the operator’s thumb.
Whether the T-12 is genuine or not and how many were made remains unclear, the presentation style and label seem questionable. However, a similar ‘stinger’ gun was made for the OSS in 1943 and appears in declassified documents.
Steven Bellovin, former chief technologist for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in response to revelations that researchers with the CIA worked on breaking the security of Apple iPhones and iPads for years. Bellovin is now a professor at Columbia University.
Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is a former employee of the CIA who was recently convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 for revealing to journalist James Risen some details on Operation Merlin, a United States covert operation under the Clinton Administration to provide Iran with a flawed design for a component of a nuclear weapon ostensibly in order to frame Iran. For telling the truth about this covert plot to plant false evidence of Iran having nuclear weapons, Sterling is facing up to 100 years in prison and a fine of $2.25 million dollars.