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How the makers of 'The Spymasters' got former CIA directors to open up

How the makers of 'The Spymasters' got former CIA directors to open up

In the opening act of the documentary "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs," former Director Leon Panetta admits to authorizing a 2010 drone strike that killed an Al Qaeda member implicated in the deaths of seven CIA operatives.

"Those decisions are never easy," Panetta says of approving the strike that resulted in unintended deaths, as he knew it might, "and frankly they shouldn't be."

The moral calculus of the CIA's war on terror is the primary concern of "The Spymasters," which premieres Saturday on Showtime. The film features candid interviews with all 12 living directors of the agency, from George H.W. Bush, who served under...

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