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Inside the Company CIA Diary Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1976
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Read this book to give you the foundation for more study on the CIA.
An eye opener.
· 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?
Agee goes into massive detail about what he did, with whom & where. Naming whole lists of people who worked with the CIA. Compare this to John Perkins so called non-fictional account of working as an 'economic hit man' where he basically names 2 people he worked with (both foreign president's who were assassinated, so those stories can't be corroborated) & gives you virtually zero detail of anything he did.
Agee tells of bomb & terrorist attacks blamed on leftists, infiltrating students groups & unions to subvert protests & even create them & much more. Giving great details on what other operatives & agents were up to.
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