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FT-278823-21Research Programs: Summer StipendsMarc BeckerPhilip Agee and the CIA in Ecuador, 1960-19636/1/2021 - 7/31/2021$6,000.00Marc Becker   Truman State UniversityKirksvilleMO63501-4200USA2021Latin American HistorySummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Research leading to a journal article on Philip Agee’s 1975 account of his personal experience in the CIA, with a focus on Ecuador during the Cold War, 1960-1963.

Philip Agee published "Inside the Company: CIA Diary" in 1975 as the first uncensored exposé of CIA operations. His account drew both praise and condemnation for “naming names” of CIA case officers and their agents. Questions have always lingered regarding Agee’s motivation as well as the veracity of the information he includes, particularly since he did not have access to CIA or other government reports to write the book. Now, years later, with corroborating CIA and State Department documents along with foreign ministry records from Latin America, we can begin to answer these questions. Rather than examining this material through the lens of diplomatic history or international relations, this project employs a social history methodology to understand what we can learn from Agee’s account about those who were the targets of his investigations. The result will be a scholarly article in a peer-reviewed journal that will advance our knowledge of the Latin American left.