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5.0 out of 5 stars After reading this, politics will never seem the same
This book opened my eyes about how the USA can manipulate democratic politics all around the world via CIA networks directed from US embassies. Philip Agee describes his long career as a CIA officer in Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. Whilst he’s not privy to what goes on elsewhere, from what he reveals from these three countries, you can work out what might be...
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2.0 out of 5 stars CIA.
A long book, but needs to be to show (quite graphically in this book), over a 10 year period, the kind of dirty tricks that the US government, via the CIA, uses to interfere in the economic, social, political and legal affairs of other countries - friendly and unfriendly alike, thrghout the world, by a (then active)senior station officer

An eye opener.
Published on 16 Nov. 2009 by Kevin A. Lazenby


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5.0 out of 5 stars After reading this, politics will never seem the same, 17 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Inside the Company: C.I.A.Diary (Paperback)
This book opened my eyes about how the USA can manipulate democratic politics all around the world via CIA networks directed from US embassies. Philip Agee describes his long career as a CIA officer in Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. Whilst he’s not privy to what goes on elsewhere, from what he reveals from these three countries, you can work out what might be happening in yours.

· When Agee arrives at the Mexico CIA Station, the Mexican Presidency is changing hands. Both out-going and in-coming Mexican Presidents are long-term CIA secret collaborators.

· In Ecuador the CIA has secret collaborators in every political party across the spectrum. This includes 5 top people in a far left party which the CIA is steering to quarrel with Castro and hence divide the Left.

· In Uruguay Agee learns how the CIA places 2 or 3 political articles a day in local newspapers, which are presented by each paper as its own viewpoint.

For me, the most interesting bits were not so much the cloak & dagger and spy stuff, which was a small part of Agee’s job. Rather, it’s how he explains the practicalities of enlisting local politicians, journalists, policemen, trade union leaders etc as secret CIA collaborators. How these people are motivated, managed and rewarded. How the ‘cut-out’ system works, whereby many CIA collaborators never discover who is really behind their instructions, their new expense account or surprise job promotion. How infiltrating top levels of anti-American movements is a regular practice. And, not least, how CIA collaborators can end up as the ruler of their country.

It’s an ingenious Machiavellian system. It sounds surprisingly easy to sustain, once it’s been started. The CIA can use existing secret collaborators to find, enlist and advance new ones.

Do the CIA still do all this today? Judging from everything we’ve heard about them recently, why ever would they stop it?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grandad to Edward Snowden., 31 May 2014
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I read this book years ago but i was bought it as a present so re read it. It sums up nicely just about what America is in reality. A very nasty place. Not the folks but the establishment. This was way back in the 60s and 70s and as Ed Snowden now reveals along with others, the Yanks have learned nothing in the intervening years Its all about control on behalf of the big corporations and the wealthy.
Read this book to give you the foundation for more study on the CIA.
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2.0 out of 5 stars CIA., 16 Nov. 2009
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A long book, but needs to be to show (quite graphically in this book), over a 10 year period, the kind of dirty tricks that the US government, via the CIA, uses to interfere in the economic, social, political and legal affairs of other countries - friendly and unfriendly alike, thrghout the world, by a (then active)senior station officer

An eye opener.
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