Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The truth about CIA agents

From the Media Blog:

CIA "officers" are not the same as CIA "agents", but surprisingly few in the media get the terminology right.

A CIA "officer" or "analyst" is an American who works for the CIA.

A CIA "agent" is a foreign citizen who is spying for the CIA.

Former CIA counterintelligence chief Jim Olson, when I took his class, told me that CIA officials hate it when media people get this wrong, so I thought I'd pass it on.


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