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Old 2 April 2016, 20:14
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Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda

Saw a link to an NBC story on FB about this former CIA case officer who wrote a book. I guess his first interview was on NBC Nightly News tonight. I missed the interview, so I dunno if there was any different info.

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I was just curious if anyone knew anything about the book or anything about the guy who wrote it. The article mentions that he pissed off a bunch of former colleagues by writing the book.

ETA: The title of the book is kind of ghey.
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Old 2 April 2016, 20:50
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Quote from the link:
"The CIA, which reviewed and censored Laux's book, declined to comment,...."

Each program the employee is assigned to will cause a Secrecy Agreement to be signed by the incumbent.

The above quote is SOP for Agency employees. Those wishing to write a book must declare and submit the rough of the intended book. A lot of the submitted rough narratives will be redacted.

This is no small thing. Fourteen programs, 14 Secrecy Agreements.

There are those past employees whom have wrote and refused to submit drafts to the Agency. These fellas are quickly whisked to Court.
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Old 2 April 2016, 22:27
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Sigh. Another book.
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Sigh. Another book.
Yup...
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Another book and I'm sure a movie to follow soon after too...
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Old 9 April 2016, 09:21
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Lol I almost bought it for today's flight to Japan but it was so heavily redacted that it would be irritating to read. At least he ran it thru the process unlike the asscliwns talking to Naylor
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Old 9 April 2016, 09:27
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Wait. So. If somebody recruited a source (s) that infiltrated terrorist organizations or groups they can write books? Damn. Here I was thinking if that was the job, that was the job. Imagine writing a book for doing your job. Sighs.
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Old 9 April 2016, 09:50
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All I can add is don't buy the book and discourage others. There are countless stories out there and the temptation is great, especially if money is tight and the future looks questionable. If theses books don't sell then publishers are less likely to go through the risks and hassle to print them.
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Old 9 April 2016, 14:02
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Wait. So. If somebody recruited a source (s) that infiltrated terrorist organizations or groups they can write books? Damn. Here I was thinking if that was the job, that was the job. Imagine writing a book for doing your job. Sighs.
So, when are you writing your book? I want two autographed copies of the first printing.
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Old 9 April 2016, 14:45
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Penetrated the Taliban, eh? Must have gone to Choate.
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Old 9 April 2016, 17:51
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Penetrated the Taliban, eh? Must have gone to Choate.
That was good. Subtle, but good.
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Old 9 April 2016, 19:49
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So, when are you writing your book? I want two autographed copies of the first printing.
I will write mine the day after Cass writes his :).
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Old 22 April 2016, 14:30
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He did a Reddit AMA I just found while reading another article.

Being Reddit, there is a lot of bullshit to wade through and it seems like he is pandering to Reddit's userbase(by editing his original post about 150 times), but there are some interesting questions and answers.
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I will write mine the day after Cass writes his :).
In my day of travels I did encounter a few episodes that could be put to ink. However, I would have to expose the numbers of encounters that I kept under darkness (paper sack, pillow case) due to a malstructure of facial features. i.e.Super Uggies. Therefore, my serious novel could possible be viewed as a cover to cover reflection of a failure unknown but to the author.

Best I allow my reputation to be kept at the Clark Gable level. Handsome does as handsome gets.
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Old 22 April 2016, 19:49
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Handsome does as handsome gets.
I understand completely :).
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