Law: Grounding a Critic

The high court upholds the lifting of a maverick's passport

In 1979 the Iranian "students" who had just seized more than 50 American hostages at the U.S. embassy received a surprising offer: Would they like expert analysis of CIA documents that might lay bare the agency's involvement in Iran's affairs? What was most notable about the offer was that it came from an American, himself an eleven-year veteran of the CIA. He was Philip Agee, now 46, who after leaving the agency in 1968 launched an international campaign to expose its undercover agents and methods. Since the publication of his 1975 book,...

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