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March 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

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Spy exhibit has every angle covered


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

It takes quickness and agility to negotiate the Laser Maze at SPY: The Secret World of Espionage during the preview Thursday of the exhibit. The maze evokes a "Mission Impossible" feel. This first-ever public exhibition features artifacts from leading national intelligence agencies including the CIA and the FBI and the private collection of intelligence historian and spy technology author, H. Keith Melton. There's the axe used to kill Leon Trotsky, umbrellas that injects poison pellets, a spy satellite, a WW-II Wel-Bike that collapsed as a getaway vehicle, a piece of the Berlin Wall. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Axe that killed Leon Trotsky in Mexico on August 20, 1940 is in the Spy exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. Considered a threat to the Soviet state, Ramon Mercader was sent to Mexico for the assassination. The skull is not real but shows the axe blow to the head. H. Keith Melton owns the axe.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Bulgarians killed defector Georgi Markov with an assassination umbrella that fired a poison ricin pellet into his leg while he was waiting for the bus.

For more photos, visit the gallery.

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