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Wednesday, January 09, 2008


When outing CIA agents was a heroic act

Valerie Plame was outed by George Bush, Dick Cheney and their minions in a cowardly attempt to protect and promote their dirty not-so-little war in Iraq. But back in the 70's, Philip Agee was a courageous ex-CIA agent, outing a lot more CIA agents, in an open and heroic attempt to put an end to dirty little wars around the world. Here's what he had to say about his actions:
In 2003, he drew a distinction between what he did and the exposure of CIA officer Valerie Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a prominent critic of President Bush's Iraq policy.

"This is entirely different than what I was doing in the 1970s," Agee said. "This is purely dirty politics in my opinion."

Agee said that in his case, he disclosed the identities of his former CIA colleagues to "weaken the instrument for carrying out the policy of supporting military dictatorships" in Greece, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

Those regimes "were supported by the CIA and the human cost was immense: torture, executions, death squads," he said.
Philip Agee, dead at age 72, was a long-time defender of Cuba and the Cuban Five, touring the world as recently as last year on speaking tours. Here are two worthwhile articles he wrote at the time for CounterPunch and the Guardian. Philip Agee, presente!

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