One Man's Story: Philip Agee, Cuba, and the CIA

Much to the U.S. government's displeasure, in 1975 former CIA agent Philip Agee published his memoir, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, a chronicle of the inner workings of CIA operations in Central and South America where Agee was posted. The book reveals the identity of numerous CIA agents. In response, the outraged onetime CIA director and then-VP Bush Senior campaigned to pass the Intelligence Identity Protection Act (also known as the Anti-Agee Act) in 1982. In 1994, Barbara Bush joined the fray when, in her memoir, she blamed Agee for the death of an agent whose identity Agee had revealed in his book. Agee sued Mother Bush and the former First Lady pulled the accusation from later editions. Ironically, in 2003, critics of the Bush Junior White House were invoking the Intelligence Identity Protection Act in the Valerie Plame case. As Agee's presence on the national intelligence scene shows no signs of dwindling, the new documentary is sure to comment on more than just this one man's life.
Sun., Sept. 23, 2 p.m., 2007

 
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