Skirmishes Over a Primer

The infamous CIA manual on guerrilla warfare might have been written with the jungles of Nicaragua in mind, but its chief effect so far has been to provoke conflict in Washington. Last week skirmishes were raging not only between the Reagan Administration and Capitol Hill but within the CIA. Five middle-level agency officials, targeted to be disciplined for their part in drafting the contentious primer, said they were being used as scapegoats. Congressional critics charged that the five were victims of a cover-up designed to protect senior officials, notably CIA Director William J....

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