COWBOYS IN THE CIA

CLINTON DEMANDS SCRUTINY OF NEW CHARGES THAT THE AGENCY WAS COMPLICIT IN KILLINGS AND COVER-UPS

The CIA has always considered Guatemala its private playpen. It was in Guatemala that the agency learned to overthrow Latin governments, engineering the 1954 coup that toppled leftist President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Administrations have come and gone. So has the cold war. But the freewheeling tradecraft the agency practiced in Guatemala has barely changed. "If you were going to pick a place where the CIA still has a cowboy mentality, it's there," says a former top official with the agency.

Now the cowboys have been swept up in an investigation of CIA complicity in two Guatemala murders and a possible cover-up...

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