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Spy museum's newest: ax used on Trotsky, parts of Powers' U2

H. Keith Melton points to a key on an Enigma Machine with four rotors and a some Japanese characters that was used in World War II to encode messages, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. The machine is one of the many items that he is donating to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
H. Keith Melton points to a key on an Enigma Machine with four rotors and a some Japanese characters that was used in World War II to encode messages, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. The machine is one of the many items that he is donating to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
H. Keith Melton holds a silver dollar with a hole for a hidden suicide pin, right, one of Melton's donations to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
H. Keith Melton holds a silver dollar with a hole for a hidden suicide pin, right, one of Melton's donations to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Peter Earnest executive director of the International Spy Museum, left, speaks to members of the media with H. Keith Melton, as they announce Melton's donations to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Peter Earnest executive director of the International Spy Museum, left, speaks to members of the media with H. Keith Melton, as they announce Melton's donations to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
H. Keith Melton holds a printing plate for printing high quality counterfeit notes of British currency used by the Nazi's during World War II, along with three examples of counterfeit notes, which are among his donations to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
H. Keith Melton holds a printing plate for printing high quality counterfeit notes of British currency used by the Nazi's during World War II, along with three examples of counterfeit notes, which are among his donations to the International Spy Museum from his collection of spy objects, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 03:34 pm

WASHINGTON A Florida businessman has donated more than 5,000 artifacts of spy craft from around the world to the International Spy Museum in Washington.

The items will be the cornerstone of the museum's new facility when it opens next year.

The museum says H. Keith Melton is donating his entire collection. It includes codes and cipher machines, disguises, listening devices, clandestine radios, spy cameras even the ice-climbing ax used to assassinate Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky.

There's also a victory flag that CIA-backed Cuban exiles never flew after the botched Bay of Pigs invasion in 1960.

And there's a 13-foot-long World War II spy submarine known as the "Sleeping Beauty."

  

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