In "Flaps and Seals," students study the finer points of surreptitiously opening and resealing letters. "Tradecraft" course work includes picking up messages from dead drops, clandestine photography of enemy documents and the use of disguises. In another tutorial, a cocktail party is staged where students learn how to strike up a conversation with a potential source. Sometimes even the wives of recruits are taught how to spot foreign agents tailing them.

The Ivy League it isn't. Camp Peary, where accused double agent Harold Nicholson taught from 1994 to 1996, is the CIA's top-secret school for spies, known in agency circles as...

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