Category Archives: CIA

Two years Ago — Bob Woodward : “Trump Dossier Is a Garbage Document. Intelligence Chiefs Should Apologize to Trump”

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted so as to be most useful, I should answer, ‘by restraining it to true facts and sound principles only.’ Yet I fear such a … Continue reading

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On This Day — President Carter Signs Executive Order 12036 (January 24 1978)

“The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface.” CIA assassination manual (1953) “No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Wormwood : Searching the Truth to the Bitter End

“The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface.” CIA assassination manual (1953) “What Wormwood tries to do is tell a story about how we know what we know and how reliable … Continue reading

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On This Day — President Truman Creates the Central Intelligence Group (January 22, 1946)

“At lunch today in the White House, with only members of the Staff present, Rear Admiral Sidney Souers and I were presented [by President Truman] with black cloaks, black hats, and wooden daggers, and the President read an amusing directive … Continue reading

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CIA Master of Disguise Tony Mendez Dies at 78

“We always say there’s nothing as lovely as the feeling of wheels up. In this case we were still in Iranian airspace for a while, so everybody was holding their breath until we were out of Iran completely. And then … Continue reading

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CIA — The “Secure the Package” Tool Kit

“What I see when I look at the [CIA] rectal tool kit is a great example of problem solving. Technology is designed to fixed hard problem.” Dr. Vince Houghton — Historian and curator of the International Spy Museum In The … Continue reading

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CIA — The Curious Story of Cynthia “Didi” Rapp [Deputy Director for Analysis]

“Didi Rapp brings broad, deep expertise from across the Agency and the Intelligence Community to her new role as the head of our Directorate of Analysis. With her engaging leadership style and reputation for objectivity, Didi will excel in leading … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Ex-CIA Officer Suspected of Spying for China [Jerry Chun Shing Lee]

“The disclosure [of this information] could have caused exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States.” Anonymous FBI investigator “Some former officials who reviewed the evidence described the case against Mr. Lee as strong but circumstantial, not bulletproof. Some … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Obama’s Crackdown on National Security Leaks

“Leaks related to national security can put people at risk. They can put men and women in uniform that I’ve sent into the battlefield at risk. I don’t think the American people would expect me, as commander in chief, not … Continue reading

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On This Day — U.S. Admits CIA Payments to Noriega (January 19 1991)

“US officials in Central America failed to address this drug issue for fear of jeopardising the war efforts against Nicaragua… and senior US policymakers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ … Continue reading

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