Monday, April 9, 2012
Blowing My Cover – My Life As A CIA Spy by Lindsay Moran
Lindsay Moran is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. From 1998 – 2003, she worked as a case officer for the CIA. This is her story....I think.
Lindsay Moran was a bright-eyed idealistic Harvard graduate who hoped to serve her patriotic duty while living a life she’d first dreamed of as a child watching James Bond movies and reading Harriet the Spy. After applying to the CIA and passing llie detector tests, background investigations and psychological screenings, she soon found herself in training at The Farm, learning how to crash cars through barriers at a hundred miles an hour, not to mention how to withstand interrogation.
However, she also learns that life of a spy wasn’t nearly the glamorous – not to mention principled – job she thought it would be. Her first posting, to Macedonia, confirmed it and she witnessed firsthand the culture inside an organisation whose intelligence failures led to tragic results during her own tenue.
I thought it would be quite intriguing to get a chance to have an undiluted look at life being a CIA. The truth is, it certainly wasn’t as exciting as the movies. (p.s. it never is, isn’t it?) I was really looking forward to reading this but I kinda fall asleep halfway through and it’s only by sheer determination that I managed to complete it.