- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (February 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781616086282
- ISBN-13: 978-1616086282
- ASIN: 1616086289
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
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Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror Paperback – February 27, 2012
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About the Author
John Kiriakou is a senior staff member in the United States Senate. He served in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1990 to 2004, first as an analyst and later as a counterterrorism operations officer. He was later named the executive assistant to the CIA’s Associate Deputy Director for Operations, in which capacity he was intimately involved in planning the Iraq War. His op-eds on the Middle East and Afghanistan have appeared in more than eighty newspapers in dozens of countries. He lives in Washington, DC.
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This book, at once a confessional, and a chronicle of K's life in the CIA, stands as an important piece of testimony from a committed American patriot.
He doesn't dare put on paper what really happened when, unless the CIA doesn't approve the book. They can decide which passages are divulging "sources and methods" at their discretion.
to anyone living in our so-called free and democratic country. Kiriakou's autobiographical account of his recruitment to the CIA, then high-powered secretive training, then field deployment, makes for riveting, page-turning reading. My jaw really dropped when I read when the CIA knew of the plan to invade Iraq and the political mechanism fomenting that major military conflict, based on shaky and negated intelligence. It was also less than reassuring to read about how a highly trained and educated
government employee struggled to function effectively within a cumbersome, departmentalized, and over-grown chain of command. Perhaps the most disconcerting of all was Kiriakou's account of how he was prosecuted after leaving his government
job because of the power plays inherent in attempting to challenge personality conflicts between the managerial level of our intelligence establishment and their operatives. That he never received his fair day in federal court, as promised in our country's
Constitution, should appall anyone. Supposedly, according to Reluctant Spy, federal judges can make-up the law on an Ad Hoc
basis if government secrets need to be kept out of open court. Kiriakou reports on his sometimes exhilarating, sometimes
frustrating and downright scary career serving his country in the shadows. If the potential reader has enjoyed recent Hollywood
releases such as Zero Dark Thirty or Argo then I think the less fictionalized portrait of how an intellligence field operative works,
as reported in Reluctant Spy, should be a gratifying read. Kiriakou can't reveal everything in his account, but you learn enough
without naming specific names, to get the drift of how CIA intervention and intelligence gathering works. Kiriakou didn't tell
everything, and undoubtedly the prepublication underwent the standard government censorship review, but he apparently told
enough in the book that it sits in Federal prison at the present time as the result of naming too many names and telling too much.
You will have to determine whether or not the details were a risk to our national security. This reviewer thinks not.
A brave man to come out with the truth and let Americans know what's really going on in international affairs.