Whistleblower At the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence

GUEST: Melvin Goodman, senior analyst and Division Chief at the CIA from 1966-1990. He is an expert on US-Russia relations and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper's and more. He is the author of six books on US intelligence and International Security. His new book is called Whistleblower At the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence.

BACKGROUND: Melvin Goodman's long career as a respected intelligence analyst at the CIA, specializing in US/Soviet relations, ended abruptly. In 1990, after twenty-four years of service, Goodman resigned when he could no longer tolerate the corruption he witnessed at the highest levels of the Agency. In 1991 he went public, blowing the whistle on top-level officials and leading the opposition against the appointment of Robert Gates as CIA director. In the widely covered Senate hearings, Goodman charged that Gates and others had subverted "the process and the ethics of intelligence" by deliberately misinforming the White House about major world events and covert operations.

In a new exposé called Whistleblower at the CIA, Goodman tells the whole story. Retracing his career with the CIA, he presents a rare insider's account of the inner workings of America's intelligence community, and the corruption, intimidation, and misinformation that led to disastrous foreign interventions. The book is a deep and historical look into one of the most secretive and influential agencies of US government--and its author wants it to be a wake-up call for the need to reform its practices.

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