Renegade CIA agent Philip Agee, Jan. 7

Renegade CIA agent Philip Agee, Jan. 7 Philip Agee, who quit the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1970's and dedicated himself to denouncing the activities of the institution and its secret agents, died in Havana on Jan. 7, 2008, at the age of 72. Agee, shown here in 2000, quit the CIA in 1969 after 12 years working mostly in Latin America at a time when leftist movements were gaining prominence and sympathizers. His 1975 book, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, cited alleged misdeeds against leftists in the region and included a 22-page list of purported agency operatives. The list created an uproar around the world and helped prompt Congress to pass a law against naming clandestine U.S. agents abroad. Vincent Cannistraro, a former CIA counterterrorism chief, said Agee’s book “was considered a very serious blow to CIA’s clandestine operations ... It had a major impact; some people had to be pulled out.”
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