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Renegade CIA agent Philip Agee dies in Cuba

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Renegade CIA agent Philip Agee dies in Cuba

Post by shammy on Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:30 am

January 9, 2008

Philip Agee, a former CIA agent who became a bitter critic of Washington's Cuba policy, has died aged 72, Cuban state media reported today.

Agee quit the CIA in 1969 after 12 years in which he mainly worked in Latin America. He was later denounced as a traitor by George Bush Sr and was threatened with death by his former colleagues.

His famous 1975 book, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, cited alleged CIA misdeeds against leftwingers in the region and included a 22-page list of people he claimed were agency operatives.

Granma, Cuba's communist party newspaper, said Agee died on Monday night and described him as "a loyal friend of Cuba and fervent defender of the peoples' fight for a better world".

Bernie Dwyer, a journalist with state-run Radio Havana, said Agee had been in hospital since last month, where he died following several operations for perforated ulcers. Dwyer said friends planned a remembrance ceremony for him on Sunday at his Havana apartment.

In comments published last year, Agee defended his decision to expose the CIA: "It was a time in the 70s when the worst imaginable horrors were going on in Latin America.

"Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Guatemala, El Salvador - they were military dictatorships with death squads, all with the backing of the CIA and the US government. That was what motivated me to name all the names and work with journalists who were interested in knowing just who the CIA were in their countries."

His intent to destabilise the organisation by revealing the identities of CIA agents infuriated his former employers. In Britain, he worked with journalists to list the names of the agents, leading to many of them being sent back to Washington with their cover blown.

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