14. PATRICE LUMUMBA
The CIA has been involved in planning or attempting to carry out a whole host of peculiar assassination attempts during its lifespan. One of the strangest was a plot to kill the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo Patrice Lumumba in 1960. Lumumba was a threat to stability in the area as his success was likely to lead to other African nations gaining their independence, prompting many Western nations to try to remove him from power.
Agents from the CIA devised a plan that involved poisoning the politician with specially made toothpaste. They manufactured the substance and handed it over to a CIA official in Congo with the instruction to ensure that the toothpaste would make it to Lumumba. Sensing that this plan was too crazy to ever work, the official, Larry Devlin, chose to get rid of the package as soon as possible rather than risk trying to get it to the Congolese leader.