It’s not every day that 10 former CIA directors and 10 former deputies get together. But when The New York Times recently saw fit to publish the names of three agency covert operatives, the old-boy network went into action.
In a letter to the editor published Tuesday, they expressed displeasure with the Times and outlined the history and rationale for keeping undercover agents’ names out of the newspapers.
The letter was signed by Albert M. Calland, Frank Carlucci, John M. Deutch, Robert M. Gates, John Gordon, Porter Goss, Michael V. Hayden, Bob Inman, Stephen R. Kappes, Richard Kerr, John McLaughlin, John McMahon, Michael J. Morell, Leon E. Panetta, David H. Petraeus, William O. Studeman, George J. Tenet, Stansfield Turner, William H. Webster and R. James Woolsey.
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