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Legacy of Ashes

The History of the CIA

by Tim Weiner

Legacy of Ashes
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    Jun 2007, 448 pages
    May 2008, 832 pages

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The Central Intelligence Agency has been riven by turf battles, political infighting, and the lack of qualified agents and analysts. But just as frequently, the CIA has been brought to its knees by thoroughly avoidable blunders…

from the (somewhat) droll…

In 1994, the station chief in Guatemala accused the American Ambassador, Marilyn McAfee, of having a lesbian affair with her secretary, Carol Murphy. The station chief detailed his findings in "the Murphy memo," which he distributed around Washington. The CIA had, indeed, caught McAfee cooing endearments to Murphy on a bug in her bedroom. But it turns out that Murphy was her poodle.

to the distressful…

During the cold war, the CIA bought detailed reports of the Russian airframe industry from Karl-Heinz Kramer, the "Stockholm Abwehr." He claimed that the plans came from his vast network of agents inside the Soviet Union, when in fact they came from a set of aircraft ...

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