Joe Weisberg, who worked for more than three years at the CIA, first wrote a script about two CIA case officers stationed in Bulgaria. Fox bought that script,...
By the same token, the U.S. seems never to have been able to plant "sleepers" in any Communist country, nor even to have recruited any spies of note. Most of our best human intelligence sources were high-ranking Communist officials who "walked in". It says much about the CIA that a number of these were initially rebuffed, and had to approach the agency several times before their services were accepted. In contrast, most of the agents actually recruited by case officers were low ranking and of limited use. A surprising number turned out to be doubler agents--in fact, the Cuban DGI regularly made the CIA look like fools by insinuating double agents into Agency networks and expats into the Agency itself.
In August, Rupert Murdoch's FX picked up a Cold War series set in the 1980s titled "The Americans." Liberals might have braced themselves for the worst. It sounded like some kind of Chuck Norris-style "jingoistic" homage to freedom-loving intelligence agents. But this is Hollywood, so the show instead focuses on KGB spies who speak perfect English, working to destroy Reagan-era America, which is not altogether a bad thing to people in Hollywood.
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