GI Joe style Osama bin Laden doll designed for CIA project goes to auction, starting bid £1,600

GI Joe style Osama bin Laden doll designed for CIA project goes to auction, starting bid £1,600

An Osama bin Laden doll made as part of a secret CIA project in 2005 and designed by the creator of G.I Joe is up for sale by online auction.

The 12-inch bin Laden doll, one of only three to be made, was part of a programme called ‘Devil Eyes’ which planned to distribute the dolls to children in Afghanistan to encourage them to reject al-Qaeda.

Donald Levine, a proud Korean War veteran and creator of GI Joe, designed the doll with manufacturers in China.

The toy has two detachable heads, one ‘normal’ head with a turban and a beard and another demon-like depiction of the now dead terrorist group leader with a red face and green eyes.

The project didn’t meet approval with the ‘influence operation’ though, leaving just three dolls completed, two of which are in the CIA’s possession.

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