The Russians got sick of buying wheat from the Americans and began to spend millions on research into grains. Finally U.S. intelligence found out that the Russian scientists had developed a new grain that yielded twice the harvest of conventional wheat and grew in half the time. Several agents died before it was discovered that the new grain was called "Crilk". The CIA was panicked! Without Russian dependency on American grains the security of the West could be forever compromised.
Congress quickly convened and appropriated several hundred
million dollars for the CIA to send up spy satellites over Russia to
learn the secrets of Crilk. Finally, after several years, the satellites
began to send back images of the factory deep inside Russia that
was processing the Crilk. The CIA sent in over a hundred agents. None
returned. The process remained a secret. The satellites were next to
useless because they could only see the outside of the buildings, not the
actual milling of the harvests. Finally the Russians in
Washington sent a message to the President of the U.S. to let him know
that all further attempts to learn the secrets would be futile.
The message read, "You are wasting your money. Everyone knows that it's no use spying over milled Crilk!"