[Intelforum] Legacy of Ashes
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Subject: Legacy of Ashes
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 14:16:44 -0400
From: "Shaun Waterman" <swaterman at upi.com>
To: <intelforum at lists101.his.com>
PJP: I too am interested by the Blue Border question. My reading of
the passage you cite about the sources for many of them being
controlled by Moscow is that it is attributed to Fred Hitz from the
author interview referenced in the endnote for page 449. I will try
to get hold of him.
But the truly astounding (to me) revelation in the book is about
Guatemala in 1994, when the CIA chief of station confronted the new
U.S. ambassador, Marilyn McAfee, with intelligence, as she recalls to
Weiner, "'that I was having an affair with my secretary, whose name
was Carol Murphy.' The Guatemalan military had bugged the
ambassador's bedroom and recorded her cooing endearments to Murphy.
They spread the word that the ambassador was a lesbian. The CIA
transmitted this piece of intelligence -- later known as the "Murphy
memo" -- to Washington, where it was widely distributed."
The problem was the ambassador was married, was not gay and was not
sleeping with her secretary. " 'Murphy' was the name of her
two-year-old black standard poodle. The bug in her bedroom had
recorded her petting her dog."
"'The CIA sent this report to the Hill,' Ambassador McAfee said. 'It
was clearly malice. The CIA had defamed an ambassador by back
Weiner concludes that "The CIA station had shown a stronger affinity
for its friends in the Guatemalan military than for the American
The CIA says that Weiner's telling of this incident -- which it calls
his "juiciest tale" -- "is gravely flawed. There is much less to this
than Weiner suggests-for starters, the supposed intelligence on which
it is based did not even come from the CIA or a CIA source. As is so
often the case, there is more than one side to the story."
I plan to call the public affairs office on Monday and see if they'll
tell me the other side(s).
I am writing about the book and would welcome comments/further
information from forum members (off-line and off-the-record, if
preferable) on either of these issues.
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