Company Confessions, Revealing CIA Secrets, Christopher Moran

Company Confessions, Revealing CIA Secrets, Christopher Moran

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Ever since it was created in 1947, the CIA has been anxious about people wanting to tell its stories. Indeed, its effectiveness as an intelligence service hinges to a large degree on its ability to protect sensitive information. As an oft-quoted CIA proverb neatly sums up: 'The secret of our success is the secret of our success.'

The disclosure of sources and methods, information that has the potential to endanger lives and put the success of its operations at risk has always been regarded, understandably, as something to be avoided at all costs.

How, then, is the CIA to acclimatise when this cherished rule is increasingly bypassed, with the memoirs of ex-CIA officers regularly reaching bestseller lists and being adapted for Hollywood?

Using interviews, private correspondence and declassified files, award-winning author Christopher Moran examines how the CIA treads (and, some might say, oversteps) the fine line between justifiable censorship on the grounds of security, and petty, overbearing redaction for the sake of reputation. From stealing draft manuscripts to authorising its own programme of 'memoirs', Company Confessions details how the CIA grapples with the notion of secrecy when faced with the demands of an open and democratic America.

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