Keeping the Company's Secrets

The censors turn on a former CIA director

As CIA director under Jimmy Carter, Admiral Stansfield Turner established the Publications Review Board, in essence a censorship committee within the agency to ensure that no secrets crept into print in the writings of former agents. It was Turner who was responsible for the civil prosecution of Frank W. Snepp, whose 1977 book, Decent Interval, a critical study of the agency's role in Viet Nam, was published without prior CIA review, in violation of his contract with the agency. In February 1980, the Supreme Court ordered Snepp to hand over profits from his book...

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