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Goss Hailed as Old Pro, Assailed as Partisan

The CIA director’s coat caught fire. Smoke rose from Allen Dulles’s tan tweed jacket as he sat behind his desk, lighting his pipe, talking to a young Porter Goss. Goss was hoping to become a clandestine service officer. This was his final interview. “And I thought, Oh my God, this is part of the test, this is the last test. Do I scream ‘Fire’? Do I dump coffee on him? What do I do?” Goss told an interviewer in 2002. “And so, finally, during the next question — as smoke was billowing out — I just sort of stared at his coat with a look of alarm. And that’s all that ever happened, and I never knew whether it was part of the test. But, anyway, I got the job.”Full Story

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