CIA toyed with idea of Osama bin Laden doll to turn Afghan children from leader
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The CIA has revealed it once considered creating and using a very different type of weapon in the fight against terrorism: a doll.
An Osama bin Laden action figure with an evil-looking face.
The spy agency began quietly developing the bin Laden doll in 2005, as first reported by The Washington Post, and recruited the help of the former head of the Hasbro toy company, Donald Levine.
Levine helped develop the G.I. Joe action figure.
The CIA's proposed plan, according to the newspaper, was to produce the dolls, with their bright red faces and spooky green eyes, and hand them out to children in Afghanistan in hopes of turning them away from the al Qaeda leader.
But the agency aborted the plan after reviewing three prototypes of the doll, a CIA spokesman told CNN.
"The action figure idea was proposed and rejected by CIA before it got past the prototype stage," said Dean Boyd, CIA spokesman. "To our knowledge, there were only three individual action figures ever created and these were merely to show what a final product might look like. After being presented with these examples, the CIA declined to pursue this idea and did not produce or distribute any of these action figures. Furthermore, the CIA has no knowledge of these action figures being produced or distributed by others."
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By Mary Kay Mallonee