I was deeply affected by the fear, heroism, and drama in these messages.Above all, I felt privileged to have been given such an opportunity.He went on and on, getting further and further out.Even I, as a brand new officer, could tell that this great mind, this CI genius, had lost it. It was one of the most bizarre experiences of my career.When the meeting was over, I was glad to get out of there, and I vowed to myself that I would never go anywhere near CI again. In my overseas assignments with the Agency, I found myself drawn toward Soviet CI operations.
I was first ushered into an outer office, where Angleton’s aides briefed me on how to conduct myself. The room was dark, the curtains were drawn, and there was just one small lamp on Angleton’s desk.
Unfortunately, as I watch US CI today, I am increasingly concerned that the principles I consider fundamental to effective CI are not being followed as carefully and consistently as they should be.
These commandments were not handed down to me from a mountaintop, and I make no claim that they are inspired or even definitive.
There I am, number seven in a row that begins with Angleton.
So, after a career that ended up being far more CI-oriented than I could ever have imagined, I would like to offer some personal observations in the form of “The Ten Commandments of Counterintelligence.” I have chosen the form of commandments because I believe the basic rules of CI are immutable and should be scrupulously followed.