Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CIA Wife: An Extraordinary Memoir of Intrigue, Passion, and Danger (2000)

2 comments:

Tim Nolan said...

The station chief, also called chief of station, is the top U.S. Central Intelligence Agency official stationed in a foreign country, equivalent to a KGB Resident. The station chief is the senior U.S. intelligence representative with his or her respective foreign government.[1]

Those who have been known to be station chiefs include, in alphabetical order: John D. Bennett: Kenya and "multiple countries, in Southeast Asia and Africa, where he was able to use his language fluency of French".[2][3] Cofer Black: Khartoum, Sudan from 1993 to 1995 William Buckley: Beirut 1983 to 1985.[4] Jeffrey Castelli: Rome in 2003, indicted for involvement in the Imam rapito affair Ray S. Cline: Taiwan, 1958-62 Charles Cogan: Paris, 1984-1989 Larry Devlin: Congo in 1960 and 1961. Graham Fuller: Kabul Robert Grenier: Islamabad 1999 to 2001.[2] Stephen Holmes (aka Steven Hall): Moscow, Russia in 2013, revealed by FSB in retaliation for Ryan Fogle's activities.[5][6][7][8] Howard Hart: Islamabad, May 1981 to 1984, Tehran 1978, and Germany. Stephen Kappes: Moscow, New Delhi and Frankfurt[9] Jennifer Matthews: Khost, 2009, killed in the Camp Chapman attack.[2] Bill Murray: Paris in 2001 to 2004.[10] William Nelson: Taiwan in 1963 Birch O'Neill: Guatemala, 1953. Eloise Page: First female Chief of Station.[11] James Pavitt: Luxembourg 1983 to 1986. Henry Pleasants, Bern, Switzerland, 1950 to 1956;[12] Bonn, Germany, 1956 to 1964[13] Thomas Polgar: Frankfurt, 1949, Saigon, starting in 1972 to 1975[12][14] Jose Rodriguez: Panama, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.[15] Theodore Shackley: Laos, 1966 to 1968, Saigon 1968 to 1972 Winston M. Scott: London, 1947 to 1950, Mexico City 1956 to 1969 John Stockwell: Katanga in 1968, Burundi in 1970. Andrew Warren: Algeria in 2007-8,[16] convicted of rape while in station.[17] Richard Welch: Greece in 1975,[18] assassinated by Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N).

Tim Nolan said...

Major sources for this section include the Council on Foreign Relations of the United States series, the National Security Archive and George Washington University, the Freedom of Information Act Reading Room at the CIA, U.S. Congressional hearings, and books by William Blum[140] and Tim Weiner.[24] Note that the CIA has responded to the claims made in Weiner's book,[141] and that Jeffrey Richelson of the National Security Archive has also been critical of it.[142]

Areas of controversy about inappropriate, often illegal actions include experiments, without consent, on human beings to explore chemical means of eliciting information or disabling people. Another area involved torture and clandestine imprisonment. There have been attempted assassinations under CIA orders and support for assassinations of foreign leaders by citizens of the leader's country, and, in a somewhat different legal category that may fall under the customary laws of war, assassinations of militant leaders.

While the names change periodically, there are two basic security functions to protect the CIA and its operations. There is an Office of Security in the Directorate for Support, which is responsible for physical security of the CIA buildings, secure storage of information, and personnel security clearances. These are directed inwardly to the agency itself.

In the Directorate of Operations, there is a counterintelligence function. The service was called the Counterintelligence Staff under James Jesus Angleton. This function has roles including looking for staff members that are providing information to foreign intelligence services (FIS) as moles. Another role is to check proposals for recruiting foreign HUMINT assets, to see if these people have any known ties to FIS and thus may be attempts to penetrate the CIA to learn its personnel and practices, or as a provocateur, or other form of double agent.

This agency component may also launch offensive counterespionage, where it attempts to interfere with FIS operations. CIA officers in the field often have assignments in offensive counterespionage as well as clandestine intelligence collection.