Coming In From The Cold

Under the Wye agreement, the CIA embarks on a new--and highly visible--mission in the Middle East

As a crowd of diplomats gathered in the Wye Plantation's conference room two weeks ago for the ritual photo op that launched the latest Middle East peace talks, two men were missing: CIA Director George Tenet and the agency's Tel Aviv station chief were hiding out upstairs, waiting for the reporters and photographers to clear out so they could slip back into the meeting unnoticed.

Their shyness was understandable. The CIA usually works in the shadows, particularly in the byzantine, often dangerous Middle East, where too much publicity about what the agency does can get a spy killed. Over nine days...

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