Few people would be surprised to hear that the CIA had assassinated a dictator, inspired a military coup in the Middle East or Latin America. However, causing a ship to sink in the principal river of America’s closest ally would probably be seen to be contrary to not only international law and the American Constitution, but also a step too far, even for the CIA. That is what happened in October 1964 when the American Agency was involved in the sinking on the River Thames of the mv Magdeburg, an East freighter carrying 42 Leyland buses to Castro’s Cuba in the face of sustained protests from Washington against driving holes through its Trade and Credit embargo of Cuba.
Documents acquired from a former East German Archives point to a cover-up by US and UK Governments.
The book examines US and UK historical attitudes to Cuba from the mid 19th Century to the sinking of the East GErman vessel in 1964. [more][Less]
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is one of the principal intelligence-gathering agencies of the United States federal government. The CIA's headquarters is in Langley, Virginia, a few miles west of Washington, D.C. Its employees operate from U.S. embassies and many other locations around the world. The only independent U.S. intelligence agency, it reports to the Director of National Intelligence.
The CIA has three traditional principal activities, which are gathering information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals; analyzing that information, along with intelligence gathered by other U.S. intelligence agencies, in order to provide national security intelligence assessment to senior United States policymakers; and, upon the request of the President of the United States, carrying out or overseeing covert activities and some tactical operations by its own employees, by members of the U.S. military, or by other partners. It can, for example, exert foreign political influence through its tactical divisions, such as the Special Activities Division. [more][Less]
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