Archive - November 13, 2012

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Death of a CIA Agent–No, He Wasn't in the Peace Corps

Death of a CIA Agent–No, He Wasn't in the Peace Corps

All of the recent talk about inappropriate emails from General John Allen and the end of CIA Director David Petraeus’s career because of his affair with Paula Broadwell brought back to mind a short item I read recently in the back pages of the Washington Post, there was an obit on Eric H. Biddle, Jr. noting that he was a CIA during the early Cold War days who later became an outspoken critic of the discrimination he said he faced in later employment because of his espionage career. He died at the age of 84. Briddle was with the CIA from 1952-60, specializing in Soviet intelligence. In 1960, he became involved with a Greek woman while working in Greece, but CIA employees are prohibited from marrying foreign nationals, and while he did not marry the woman, he quit the agency. He returned to the U.S. and thought about joining the Peace . . .

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