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Anderson Cooper's CIA Secret
RadarOnLine ^ | 09/06/06 8:00 AM | Jeff Bercovici

Posted on 09/06/2006 10:58:00 AM PDT by DaveTesla

Anderson Cooper's CIA Secret

Anderson Cooper has long traded on his biography, carving a niche for himself as the most human of news anchors. But there's one aspect of his past that the silver-haired CNN star has never made public: the months he spent training for a career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Following his sophomore and junior years at Yale—a well-known recruiting ground for the CIA—Cooper spent his summers interning at the agency's monolithic headquarters in Langley, Virginia, in a program for students interested in intelligence work. His involvement with the agency ended there, and he chose not to pursue a job with the agency after graduation, according to a CNN spokeswoman, who confirmed details of Cooper's CIA involvement to Radar.

"Whatever summer jobs or internships our anchors had in college couldn't be less consequential," she added. He has kept the experience a secret, sources say, out of concern that, if widely known, it might compromise his ability to travel in foreign countries and even possibly put him at greater risk from terrorists.

"He doesn't want to be any more of a target than he already is," says one Anderson confidante. On the other hand, as Bob Woodruff and others have learned, American journalists are already prime targets in the world's conflict zones, and are typically accused of having CIA ties even where none exist. And by not disclosing his training before now, Cooper has arguably made it into a potential issue. "It creates the appearance of something smelly there," says a former CNN official who knows Cooper. (Particularly in light of the period Anderson spent studying Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi after college. Soon after, Cooper apparently gave up his Bond fantasy to pursue a career in journalism—except for a brief period when he starred as host of ABC's reality show, The Mole.)

According to the spokeswoman, Cooper told his bosses at CNN about his time with the agency. But even if he hadn't, says Walter Isaacson, who headed the network from 2001 to 2003 and is now president of the Aspen Institute, it's not the sort of thing that would automatically require disclosure, since the stint was brief and far in the past. "I think what he did was probably fine and cool, and I've got no problems with it," he added.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: andersoncooper; cia; thegerbil; vanderbilt
I knew there was a connection.
1 posted on 09/06/2006 10:58:02 AM PDT by DaveTesla
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To: DaveTesla
ABC's reality show, The Mole

Gotta love it.

2 posted on 09/06/2006 10:59:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: DaveTesla
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3 posted on 09/06/2006 11:00:30 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: DaveTesla

Oh NO! He's been outted. Bush's fault! Impeachment! /s


4 posted on 09/06/2006 11:00:53 AM PDT by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: DaveTesla; martin_fierro

Does this mean he's not as stupid as he looks?


5 posted on 09/06/2006 11:03:53 AM PDT by Lady Jag (People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.)
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To: DaveTesla
I was surprised to find out that Anderson Cooper was the son of Gloria Vanderbilt (of The Vanderbilts) and actor Wyatt Cooper. Not that others have not been born of filthy rich parents and gone on to lead meaningful and productive lives. There's nothing wrong with that. But it does explain how such a talentless non-entity hairstyle-masquerading-as-a-man got such a responsible job in the first place.
6 posted on 09/06/2006 11:04:04 AM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: DaveTesla
"That's the secret????"


7 posted on 09/06/2006 11:05:04 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: DaveTesla

His liberal support group will now proceed to eat him alive. Anderson Cooper is often on the liberal side of the issues. When he realizes that the left hates him and his kind, he should come over to the Right side....where we honor Truth, Justice, and the American Way.


8 posted on 09/06/2006 11:07:00 AM PDT by Rapscallion (What America now faces is far worse than the lowest point in the Cold War. Madmen with nukes.)
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To: martin_fierro

I always did think the guy was kind of spooky looking

9 posted on 09/06/2006 11:08:46 AM PDT by tophat9000 (If it was illegal French Canadians would La Raza back them? Racist back their race over country)
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To: DaveTesla

Why is Scooter Libby trying to ruin this man's life???? [/sarcasm]


10 posted on 09/06/2006 11:09:10 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: DaveTesla
Don't ask, don't tell!!
11 posted on 09/06/2006 11:11:38 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: DaveTesla

CIA traded him in a three-way deal with the KGB and Hammas for a player to be named later.


12 posted on 09/06/2006 11:11:42 AM PDT by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (The facts of life are conservative -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: DaveTesla

It's the old Ivy League/CIA connection.


13 posted on 09/06/2006 11:12:41 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: DaveTesla

Of course, he interned there:With two last names he fits right in with the regulars--like Fulton Armstrong . And I am certain that an intern hw picked up lots of really super secret stuff. Give me a break on this pr flackery.


14 posted on 09/06/2006 11:16:54 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: DaveTesla

15 posted on 09/06/2006 11:17:46 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: sully777

"Get ON my belly!"
16 posted on 09/06/2006 11:20:09 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: the Real fifi

"Give me a break on this pr flackery."

The whole gay thing must be crimping his gravitas, bigtime.


17 posted on 09/06/2006 11:20:15 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

He missed his calling. He should have followed his Dad to Hollywood...


18 posted on 09/06/2006 11:22:39 AM PDT by Al Simmons
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To: DaveTesla
I love how they try to cast this like some negative--"He told CNN baout his involvment" like it's a confession--when of course it will now be part of his bio. His next book will mention the connection in the ad material, and this will be proof he's not so liberal.

I've only seen his TV segments once or twice, and can't for the life of me find anything of distinction about him. He sits there and reads a teleprompter like all of them.

19 posted on 09/06/2006 11:22:40 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: DaveTesla


Comedienne Wanda Sykes is ex-CIA. And she can probably kick Anderson's @ss in.
20 posted on 09/06/2006 11:22:58 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: ErnBatavia


"Bark like a dog..."
21 posted on 09/06/2006 11:25:24 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: sully777

22 posted on 09/06/2006 11:28:05 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: sully777
"Doctor, doctor. Glad I'm not sick."
23 posted on 09/06/2006 11:28:52 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: DaveTesla

In other news, Anderson Cooper's mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, once loaned her famous name to a line of blue jeans that made my ex-girlfriend's butt look fat.


24 posted on 09/06/2006 11:29:43 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: DaveTesla
"...Anderson spent studying Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi after college."

No red flag there, nosiree!

25 posted on 09/06/2006 11:30:44 AM PDT by Sam's Army (Imagine a world without car commercials.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

This is serious. Anderson Cooper has been outed.


26 posted on 09/06/2006 11:39:05 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: Lady Jag
Does this mean he's not as stupid as he looks?

Anderson Cooper is NOT stupid.

27 posted on 09/06/2006 11:44:38 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: DaveTesla

Yeah, terrific. The guy has a privileged, but difficult childhood, grows up to find something he wants to do and is probably good at, and folks stand in line to screw it up for him...terrific.


28 posted on 09/06/2006 11:46:10 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: sully777

Check out the cover of the latest issue of Menswear Magazine.


29 posted on 09/06/2006 11:47:27 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs Rules! Brilliant!)
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To: DaveTesla

Looks to me as though he was trying to infiltrate the CIA, but ultimately decided he could do more damage to his country by working at CNN...


30 posted on 09/06/2006 11:48:35 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Irish Eyes

I've seen him on TV, and he's definitely stupid. And ptobably gay.


31 posted on 09/06/2006 11:55:43 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: DaveTesla

Yes, well qualified...HA

32 posted on 09/06/2006 12:01:11 PM PDT by maineman
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To: dljordan

which is a big part of the problem there.


33 posted on 09/06/2006 12:02:32 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: DaveTesla
Following his sophomore and junior years at Yale—a well-known recruiting ground for the CIA—Cooper spent his summers interning at the agency's monolithic headquarters in Langley, Virginia, in a program for students interested in intelligence work.

Cooper graduated from college the same year I did. The CIA was one of the jobs posted on my college's co-op job list. Every single employer that I saw except one had a 3.0 GPA as a requirement. The only one which only required a 2.5 GPA was the CIA. Hmmm, that made me wonder exactly what quality of summer employees the CIA got.

34 posted on 09/06/2006 12:10:22 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Dems - Your conduct is an invitation to the enemy, yet few of you have heart enough to join them.)
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To: DaveTesla
Too bad he didn't stay. I hear women hating jihadist are nuts to the wall crazy over a white western male. Cooper could of been the 7 pillars of wisdom Lawrence of our time. Oh well, I guess he sold out to Hollywood, west Hollywood.
35 posted on 09/06/2006 12:21:02 PM PDT by Leisler (Islam is the ROP. I know because the President told me so.)
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To: DaveTesla
Bet he could've infiltrated Ernst Rohm's inner clique with little effort.
36 posted on 09/06/2006 12:26:22 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: KarlInOhio

The same fetid pool of candidates that DOS recruits from--worked with them all. Underwhelmed by the quality in every instance.


37 posted on 09/06/2006 12:30:00 PM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: DaveTesla

I remember Anderson Cooper from my High School days when he was on the Channel One student news program.


38 posted on 09/06/2006 12:37:08 PM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: durasell
to a line of blue jeans that made my ex-girlfriend's butt look fat.

No...her a$$ made her butt look fat.

39 posted on 09/06/2006 12:41:39 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (USAF Air Rescue "That others may live.")
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To: CholeraJoe

The words that must never be uttered, even in jest.


40 posted on 09/06/2006 12:50:25 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell

Why did you care what your ex wore?


41 posted on 09/06/2006 1:03:31 PM PDT by kenavi (Save romance. Stop teen sex.)
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To: kenavi

It was a joke...the point of the joke is that what she wore is as meaningless as the story.


42 posted on 09/06/2006 2:12:42 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: sully777

Wanda is Ex-NSA I believe.......


43 posted on 09/06/2006 2:17:48 PM PDT by cmsgop ( President Mahmud Ahmadinejad Must Purify Himself in The Waters of Lake Minnetonka)
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To: durasell
It was a joke...the point of the joke is that what she wore is as meaningless as the story.

I was just going along with it.
44 posted on 09/06/2006 2:50:17 PM PDT by kenavi (Save romance. Stop teen sex.)
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To: DaveTesla

Luckily for Anderson, despite CNN's attempts to blow his cover with a $20 million PR campaign, his secret identity is still safe, as 40% of Americans have still never heard of him according to the people at Gallup.


45 posted on 09/06/2006 3:23:52 PM PDT by Politics4Fun
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To: kenavi

Apologies then...my error.


46 posted on 09/06/2006 3:24:21 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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I guess it is not a secret any longer. This is really going to fuel those stories circulated in certain quarters which assert that CNN & the major media in general is controlled or connected to the CIA. I wonder if Cooper will even mention this exposure on his program. I do not think that CNN will be letting him travel abroad -particularly to countries which already suspect American journalists of being "spies" or affiliated with intelligence services- any time soon.


47 posted on 09/07/2006 10:46:39 AM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: DaveTesla

Anorexia! I knew it, all those thin models his mother was always hanging around.


48 posted on 10/30/2006 7:44:27 PM PST by GraceofGod
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