The CIA's Secret Army: Coups, Killings And Dirty Tricks

The CIA has used covert and paramilitary ops for a half-century--but the results are often messy

June 13, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Office of Strategic Services and makes WILLIAM (WILD BILL) DONOVAN director; during World War II, roughly 1,500 OSS agents sneak into occupied Europe and Asia before Allied armies, organizing resistance groups. The office is dissolved after the war

July 26, 1947 President Harry S Truman signs the National Security Act, creating the Central Intelligence Agency. Five months later, he authorizes covert operations. Most early operations target Eastern Europe, supporting dissidents and disseminating propaganda. During the Korean War, the agency organizes paramilitary forces in the North

August 1953 In Operation Ajax, CIA officers...

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