The CIA rarely admits much. And by then it's been turned to advantage to justify other crimes and operations. But any revelation begins to open our eyes about the secret affairs that motivate world politics, fuel anti-US anger, and reveal that Tibet is just a sad pawn between superpowers.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Detail by painful detail, the CIA is coming to grips with one of the most devastating episodes in its history, a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China that stole two decades of freedom from a pair of fresh-faced American operatives and cost the lives of their two pilots.
US spy in China, weighed and measured like an alien after a crash landing (AP/file).
In opening up about the 1952 debacle, the CIA is finding ways to use it as a teaching tool. Mistakes of the past can serve as cautionary tales for today's spies and paramilitary officers taking on al-Qaida and other terrorist targets.
At the center of the story are two eager CIA paramilitary officers on their first overseas assignment, John T. Downey of New Britain, Conn., and Richard G. Fecteau, of Lynn, Mass., whose plane was shot from the night sky in a Chinese ambush. More>>
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Feb 20, 2010... Later the CIA worked with the diaspora. There have been reports that the Dalai Lama's administration admitted receiving annual payments of [CIA money.]
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- Dalai Lama and CIA
Mar 28, 2008... In 1959, when the Dalai Lama packed up his riches and escaped into neighboring India, the CIA set up and trained an army of Tibetan contras [greatly angering China and perhaps leading to the torture and destruction of Tibet].
- Dalai Lama group says it got Money from C.I.A.
Oct 2, 1998... The Dalai Lama's administration acknowledged today that it received... of the C.I.A.'s worldwide effort to undermine Communist governments (NYTimes.com).
- The Dalai Lama's hidden past
The right-wing nature of the Dalai Lama and the government-in-exile was further exposed by its relationship with the US [spy agency, the] CIA. The Dalai Lama concealed the...
Music and US spy commentary by the Dead Kennedys; report on the CIA by AP; report on the Dalai Lama by RT (Russian Television News in America).