Agee

Agee, Collin A. "Joint STARS in Bosnia: Too Much Data, Too Little Intel?" Military Intelligence 22, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1996): 6-10, 40-41.

[MI/Ops/90s][c]

Agee, Philip. "The American Security Services: Where Do We Go from Here?" Journal of Contemporary Asia 7 (Spring 1977): 251-259.

[CIA/70s/Gen]

Agee, Philip.

Agee died on 7 January 2008 in Havana. Joe Holley, "Philip Agee, 72; Agent Who Turned Against CIA," Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2008, B7.

1. Inside the Company: CIA Diary. Bungay, Suffolk: Chaucer Press, 1974. New York: Stonehill, 1975. New York: Bantam, 1976. [pb]

Chambers calls Inside the Company a "disaffected agent's story" that is "willfully inaccurate in places.... One wonders if Agee was bored or in the pay of someone else." Pforzheimer argues that because "of the plethora of names and pseudonyms ... in his operational discussions, and the writer's polemical style, the book is tedious reading."

According to Constantinides, there is a "polemical quality" to Agee's writing "that reflects on the reliability of what he writes and also shows his ideological bias.... [Also,] there are errors in the book that justify caution regarding Agee's infallibility." Nor does Agee "explain adequately his conversion to Marxism or his relations with the Cubans after he left CIA."

See also, Kenneth J. Campbell, "A Profile of Philip Agee," Intelligence Quarterly 3, no. 2 (1987): 6-9.

2. On the Run. Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart, 1987.

Valcourt, IJI&C 2.1 sees the author giving an "unconvincing explanation of his decision to leave" the CIA; "something doesn't ring true in this conversion narrative.... [He] eagerly excuses the arbitrariness and brutality of communist gov'ts ... [and] 'affluent living' certainly invites speculation on his sources of income.... [Agee] displays monumental smugness and arrogance.... [R]eaders receive ... a full dose of Agee's continuing bitterness, animosity, and leftist rhetoric."

NameBase notes that "[w]hile 'Inside the Company' chronicles Agee's activities as a CIA officer, 'On the Run' is part two of his autobiography. It covers the years between his resignation and the publication of his memoirs, and the succession of legal problems in a number of European countries once he became a celebrity. Besides reading almost like a thriller, this book is also valuable as a history of the anti-CIA movement."

3. "Why I Split the CIA and Spilled the Beans." Esquire 83 (Jun. 1975), 128-130.

[CIA/Memoirs]

Agee, Philip, and Louis Wolf, eds. Dirty Work: The CIA in Western Europe. Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart, 1978. New York: Dorset, 1978. [pb]

Pforzheimer says that the "larger segment of the book consists of several hundred alleged CIA (and a few NSA) names with details of their putative careers.... [M]any of the names are wide of the mark with no intelligence connection." More to the point, Chambers labels the work "dubious, a primer in selective editing."

This book was followed by a second volume: Ellen Ray, William Schaap, Karl Van Meter, and Louis Wolf, eds., Dirty Work 2: The CIA in Africa (Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart, 1979).

[CA/Eur]

Agee, Phil, Jr. "CIA Infiltration of Student Groups: The National Student Association Scandal." Campus Watch, Fall 1991, 12-13.

The CIA-National Student Association relationship provided "a perfect cover for the CIA in its operations abroad. Overseas representatives promoted an anti-communist agenda abroad and collected intelligence for the CIA's in-house operations underway around the world."

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