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Spy-Turned-Author Looks Back At a CIA Mired in Bureaucracy

“Look at me,” Melissa Boyle Mahle said, her blue eyes shining, her short blond hair cropped in place as she leaned across her desk. “This is who we recruit to run against the Arab target.” She does appear a more likely infiltrator of Belfast than Beirut. Yet for 14 years after she joined the CIA’s clandestine service as an operations officer in 1988, Mahle belonged to that cadre whose small numbers were often lamented after Sept. 11, 2001 — American spies who spoke fluent Arabic and liked working the street.Full Story

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