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We Will Never Know Who Gave The CIA Director All This Insane Swag

With several swords and a museum's worth of sculpture, the director's office on the 7th floor of the CIA's Langley headquarters is apparently ~*very*~ fancy.

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We know this because it's currently what may be the best time of year for journalists: the time when the government is required to tell us all of the fancy things they got from the rest of the world!

Of course, they couldn't say no to the gifts on this list, all of which were received in 2014, because it would be awkward for everyone involved. (That's actually the official reason — "Non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government.")

But, of course, the government can't tell you where the gifts to Brennan came from — every gift listed for the Central Intelligence Agency is cited as an exemption under a provision of U.S. code. Government heads can hedge on who gave them their swag if, the statute says, "such information could adversely affect United States intelligence sources or methods."

There also are no pictures of the items that the country's top spy have received, so here's some of our favorite goodies he got with ~artist's renderings~ of each of them:


Ali Watkins is a national security correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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