Company Confessions

Company Confessions

Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA

Book - 2016
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"Spies are supposed to keep quiet, never betraying their agents nor discussing their operations. Somehow, this doesn't apply to the CIA, which routinely vets, and approves, dozens of books by former officers. Many of these memoirs command huge advances and attract enormous publicity. Take Valerie Plame, the CIA officer whose identity was leaked by the Bush White House in 2003 and who reportedly received $2 million for her book Fair Game. Or former CIA director George Tenet whose 2007 memoir reached no. 2 in the Amazon bestseller list, beaten only by the final Harry Potter novel. If the CIA director is allowed to publish his story, it is little wonder that regular agents are choosing to tell theirs. Company Confessions delves into the motivations those spies that write memoirs as well as the politics and policies of the CIA Publication Review Board. Astonishing facts include: the steps taken by the agency to counter such leaks including breaking into publishing houses, putting authors on trial, and secretly authorizing pro-agency 'memoirs' to repair damage to its reputation. Based on interviews, private correspondence, and declassified files, Christopher Moran examines why America's spies are so happy to spill the beans and looks at the damage done when they leak America's secrets."--
"The absorbing and untold story of how the CIA, the world's most famous and controversial intelligence agency, has managed the problem of whistleblowers and dealt with the age-old puzzle of secrecy in an open society"--
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250047137
Branch Call Number: 327.12 MORAN
Characteristics: xx, 346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 14, 2016

I've yet to read this book, but the premise is highly vacuous and misleading. Valerie Plame [possibly a decent person] really never found out anything, and joined an organization run by central bankers [Jean Claude Trichet, indicted in the past, and others] no doubt where they could contain her and observe. A forensic audit would be far more telling, and long overdue . . . [The overall performance of the CIA the past 26 years has been so abysmally and universally pathetic, and the major previous accomplishments - - the assassinations of Lumumba, the Kennedy brothers, Martin Luther King, Jr., et cetera, are certainly not something any sane human being would countenance!]


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