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CIA Tries to Screw Ex-Agent Publisher

More intrigue in the publishing realm!

Seems the CIA is upset with an ex-agent who published a critical book after they dragged their feet on it’s approval.

So what’s new here? I would guess that most ex-agents, who chose to write a book about their field experiences, would be critical of the agency. In fact they all would probably be critical.

Loy Johnson writes this for Melville House Publishing’s weekly syndicated newspaper in his MobyLives column:

Ex-CIA agent gets his say

In a follow up to an earlier MobyLives post regarding the CIA lawsuit against former CIA agent Ishmael Jones for his book, The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture, the New Yorker magazine has posted an interview by Gregory Levey with Jones on their blog.

The CIA’s statement claims, “Although Jones submitted his manuscript to the Agency’s Publications Review Board (PRB) as his secrecy agreement requires, he did not let that review process run its course and instead published in defiance of the Board’s initial disapproval.” Jones tells Levey:

“I sent the book to C.I.A. censors and repeatedly asked them, over the course of a year, to tell me what they wanted taken out or rewritten, but they just sat on it. They finally sent it back to me as a stack of blank pages. There is no classified information in this book, but it is highly critical. I had approached my entire chain of command beforehand. In addition, I had also confronted the Agency’s Inspector General. Writing the book was a last resort.”

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