OCTOBER 21, 2003 : (PLAMENAMGAME/NIGERFLAP - PHILIP AGEE, LYNDON LAROUCHE) The “scandal” over the naming of a CIA agent demonstrates the enormous liberal bias of the major media. The liberals were not concerned when pro-communist activists were naming CIA agents for the purpose of destroying secret operations against the Soviet Union and its client states. In fact, journalists relied on people such as CIA defector Philip Agee, who specialized in naming the names of CIA operatives, for stories. The federal law that prohibits the naming of agents under cover was passed in response to the activities of Agee and his associates.
Today, however, it has become a major controversy that one or two Bush administration officials have named a CIA employee to a respected conservative journalist, Robert Novak, who published the information. What those officials were doing, in their conversation with Novak, is far different than anything that Agee and his media collaborators ever did.
Incredibly, Agee, who wrote the book “Inside the Company: CIA Diary,” has come to the defense of Joe Wilson, whose wifes employment by the CIA was revealed by Novak. Agee now runs a travel services business inof all placesHavana, Cuba. Agee calls the outing of Ambassador Joseph Wilsons wife “dirty politics.”
The affair is depicted as an attempt by the administration to take revenge on Ambassador Joseph Wilson for opposing Iraq policy. But the name of his wife was provided in the context of the administration trying to explain why Wilson was picked by the CIA to conduct a mission to investigate the Iraq/uranium matter. This is a potential conflict of interest with a possible partisan motivation. Whats more, as Internet writer Darren Kaplan points out, such a selection might violate the federal anti-nepotism statute, which prohibits federal employees from even recommending the appointment of family members for jobs. The real story, the Wall Street Journal reports, is whether a group of CIA bureaucrats is “hoping to defeat” Bush by undermining his foreign policy and whether the Wilson mission was part of that effort.
A group calling itself Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, representing former CIA employees, has fanned the flames of this controversy. But its spokesman, Ray McGovern, has some explaining of his own to do. He admits that he has given permission to reprint his articles critical of the Bush administration to publications associated with Lyndon LaRouche. McGovern, who had a 27-year career in the CIA, says researchers for LaRouche “do some fairly good work” and he sees “no downside” to them using his material. He claims to know nothing about LaRouche.
Thats hard to believe. Larouche is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, again, and served time in prison on financial fraud charges. He has said that Bush and Cheney should be declared insane. Back in 1976, LaRouche called for bringing into being “a new Marxist International throughout the capitalist sector” and, before the first Persian Gulf War, he issued a statement calling for support for Iraq.——— “CIA Defector Defends Joe Wilson,” By Cliff Kincaid , AIM Report, October 21, 2003
1970s : (NY TIMES REPORTER TAD SZULC IN CONTACT WITH THE KGB; HIS DAUGHTER IS LINKED TO PHILIP AGEE— See NY Times) [NY Times’ Tad] Szulc had been suspected by US intelligence of being a foreign agent since 1948, when an FBI file identified him as a Communist. In 1959 the CIA also became suspicious of him when he falsely claimed clearance in an attempt to obtain classified information. Later in the 1970s the FBI would observe him in contact with a KGB agent, and the CIA would link his daughter to Cuban spy Philip Agee. ————— “Traitors of Record: The Record of the New York Times,” By FR’s Fedora, Original FReeper Research, 12/19/2005
Philip Agee, a former CIA agent who betrayed the identities of scores of agency operatives in a 1975 book, recently died in disgrace in Cuba. Despite his own actions exposing intelligence assests, Agee criticized the Bush administration for the “outing” of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Ironically, the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act that Democrats and the Old Media claim was violated in the Valerie Plame Affair (it wasn’t) by the release of Plame’s name was passed into law as the result of Agee’s treachery.