The Agency: Inside the CIA

Synopsis:
Genre: Documentary
Year:
2010
60 min
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[radio chatter]

[music plays]

It is one the most secretive

organizations on the planet

unjustified interference

in the internal affairs

of other nations.

Atomic bomb has been

successfully detonated.

Their budget is secret,

as is their roster.

This means that we

must have knowledge

of military forces

and preparations

around the world. It is

a covert organization

in a country that prides

itself on transparency.

There are certain things

that should remain secret

for very good diplomatic

and other reasons.

The CIA had a role in

qin the overthrow

of an elective government.

A small undoing

of those human rights.

... to send a new signal

of openness to the world

by t tring down that wall.

And now it is faced

with a new enemy,

more dangerous than ever before.

It's the biggest spy exchange

since the Cold War. He

described his abduction

as a total failure

for the U.S.

We are the largest, most

capable intelligence

enterprise on the planet.

It is

the Central Intelligence Agency.

[music plays]

Ten people were arrested in

Boston and Northern Virginia,

accused of being part

of a Russian spy ring.

Almost two decades since

the Cold War had finished,

here was a stark reminder that

perhaps it had never ended.

The spies had blended into

American life for years,

The Russian government

was prepared

for upwards of ten years

to mount these operations,

put these people into

American society,

and run them. Have

secret communications

with them, have

them in contact

with Russian

intelligence officers

in the Russian Mission of the

UN over this extended period

of time. What was fascinating

to professional

intelligence officers

was we'd never seen a

network like this.

Now, the public looks

at this and says,

Because none of them were trying

to get into the government,

none of them had clearances,

they were just entering

American society. I think

we should look at them

as talent scouts, as spotters.

In other words, they were moving

into circles of interest.

Financial circles, political

circles, and so forth.

Are we going back

to the Cold War?

We shouldn't think

of it as Cold War.

The Cold War sort

of officiallylynded

when the Soviet Union

dissolved itself,

but Russian espipiage

efforts have never ended.

Only 12 days after

their arrests

and subsequent convictions,

the spy ring was gone,

traded to Russia in a

prisoner exchange.

As part of the swap, ten

people pleaded guilty

and were subsequently deported.

Among them is Igor Sutyagin,

jailed since 1999 for passing

military information

to the CIA, a charge

he's continued to d dy.

The incident was a

reminder of our need

for this covert world, run

by agencies like the CIA.

Of course, spying isn't

a new invention.

It's been with us

for quite a while.

Espionage, or spying, uh,

is, really is as... as old

as recorded history, and

certainly before that.

I mean, I have to believe

the first caveman who saw

the guy down the road getting

better nuts and berries

than he did, climbed

a tree to find out

where he was going.

That's espionage.

But for t t US, prior

to World War II,

the idea of

intelligence gathering

was considered less

than appealing.

This was a time when

espionage was still very new

to thehemerican vocabulary.

America,

by that time in our history, I

think, felt that espionage was

somehow un-American. State

Department tried to start,

uh, it's own

cryptography center,

"The Black Chamber,"

and the famous quote

from the then-secretary

of state, Henry Stimson,

was that, you know,

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