THE CIA: FOR YOUR DISINFORMATION

IN ITS LATEST SCANDAL, THE CIA ADMITS IT WAS SERVING UP DUBIOUS INTELLIGENCE THAT LED TO FAULTY DECISIONS

IN THE GAME OF SPYING IT'S CALLED THE "feed." When an intelligence service wants to plant a double agent--a spy who defects to a hostile service but is actually still working for his old agency--the agent is often given real secrets to pass along. The "feed" information is designed to lure the enemy into accepting him so he can begin passing along phony material that will cause them to waste money and resources. During the cold war, the CIA became the master of the feed. So generous was the agency with its information that many KGB officers got big promotions because...

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