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The Fifth Column: October 2013

The Fifth Column: October 2013

Lost Tribe of Spooks With all the spooks lurking about in Vienna, it seems possible a batch of them, a Lost Tribe, may have escaped into the wilds of the leafy 18th District. So when the U.S. Embassy suddenly closed the aerial-festooned villa at Pötzleinsdorfer Straße 126–128, it naturally raised a few eyebrows. It was […]

Book Review: Chris Pavone’s The Expats

Secrets Domestic and Foreign If Jane Austen were alive today and wrote a thriller, it might be something like The Expats, whose heroine, Kate Moore, is a former CIA operative. Like Austen, author Chris Pavone bypasses contemporary political issues and focuses on more intimate intrigues in this debut novel. National security is not at stake […]

Book Review: Fair Game, by Valerie Plame Wilson

The CIA’s Un-Fair Game On July 21, 2003, Valerie Plame Wilson got home from her office, in what she described as the “vast windowless vault” of the CIA in Washington, to find her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, in the den. “He clicked off the phone just as I came into the room, and he […]

CIA Covert Operations

Covert operations by twenty-five American CIA operatives have been going on in Germany behind the German government’s back, according to an office announcement Jan. 10 following the publishing of an article in the U.S. magazine Vanity Fair. Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 against the United States, the CIA, in cooperation with Blackwater […]

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