Uri Geller was the subject of CIA tests in the earlier 1970s, it has been revealed
Geller was taken to the Stanford Research Institute in 1972 as the US intelligence service tried to understand the Israeli’s telekinetic abilities.
He was placed alone in a sealed room while experimenters took random words from the dictionary and drew a related sketch.
The psychic then had to try to match the image – and some of his efforts were eerily accurate.
In one instance the word was “bunch”, and scientists drew a bunch of grapes.
Geller was able to sketch an almost identical image to that of the scientist – even including all 24 grapes the scientist had drawn.
The CIA's interpretation of 'bunch' (R), and Geller's amazingly similar sketch
After a series of tests, the CIA concluded the psychic “demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner”.
The news comes as 800,000 files of declassified documents were released online yesterday following a long campaign by freedom-of-information activists.
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Most of the papers have been available to the public since 1999 – but only on four computer terminals at National Archives Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland.
Joseph Lambert, CIA Director of Information Management, said: “Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography.
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The news comes as the CIA made 800,000 documents available to the public
“The American public can access these documents from the comfort of their homes.”
Among the documents are discussions about assenting Fidel Castro, UFO sightings and even Nazi war crimes.