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April 26, 2007



This reminds me somewhat of when I was asked by the 7th floor (the Director's office of CIA) to do a study on how much was being spent on a certain project. Unfortunately, in this case, the numbers defied manipulation. The pig looked like an 80 year old streetwalker no matter what she was dressed in.

I took the report up to the 7th floor and gave it to the boss. He asked one question: How many copies of this report are there and who has seen them? I answered: Two copies, this one and yours, and you and I are the only ones who have seen them.

He took my copy, told me to go down and delete all the files from my computer, and never speak of it again.

That was 1990. And this is the first that I've spoken of it.

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  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.