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How well do you know the world of spying? Take our CIA and NSA quiz.

The history of US espionage can be as fascinating and mysterious as any spy novel. Think you’re a regular John Le Carré when it comes to this stuff? See if D.C. Decoder can stump you.

- Staff writer

1. The CIA's famous "Family Jewels" file revealed agency misdeeds. Which plot was mentioned in the report?

The "Family Jewels" file lists responses to CIA director James Schlesinger's 1973 request that employees report activities inconsistent with the agency's charter. The CIA dreamed up many schemes to assassinate Mr. Castro, most of which were “laughably inept,” according to former agency Latin America official Brian Latell.

The "Family Jewels" file lists responses to CIA director James Schlesinger's 1973 request that employees report activities inconsistent with the agency's charter. The CIA dreamed up many schemes to assassinate Mr. Castro, most of which were “laughably inept,” according to former agency Latin America official Brian Latell.

The "Family Jewels" file lists responses to CIA director James Schlesinger's 1973 request that employees report activities inconsistent with the agency's charter. The CIA dreamed up many schemes to assassinate Mr. Castro, most of which were “laughably inept,” according to former agency Latin America official Brian Latell.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/File
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An attempt to use the Mafia to kill Fidel Castro.

 

An attempt to steal gold reserves from the USSR.

 

A plan to invade Canada.

 
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