CIA

For years the CIA sought intel on the health of world leaders. Now foreign countries are likely spying on Trump.

WASHINGTON — In the 1980s, as the health of Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos deteriorated amid unrest in the country, a team of CIA officers collected biological samples of his urine and feces without his knowledge, two former case officers told Yahoo News. 

Sometimes, seeking biological samples involves creativity and a willingness to literally get your hands dirty. One of the former officers recalled that when Marcos was visiting the U.S., the CIA was able to obtain a sample using toilets that flushed “to a special repository on a Navy ship.” 

Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. (Andy Hernandez/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. (Andy Hernandez/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

This was no exception. The CIA has long tracked health information about both allies and adversaries and their leaders, according to former CIA officers who spoke with Yahoo News. These included former case officers who recruited sources to report medical information back to the United States and those involved

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