By David Ignatius
Now again in print: the "superlative secret agent novel" (New York instances) by means of the writer of the red-hot mystery A Firing Offense.Agents of Innocence is the booklet that tested David Ignatius's acceptance as a grasp of the radical of up to date espionage. Into the treacherous global of moving alliances and arcane subterfuge comes idealistic CIA guy Tom Rogers. Ordered to penetrate the PLO and recruit a high-level operative, he quickly learns the heavy cost of innocence in a time and position that has little need for it.
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When someone from the embassy brought up the subject, or asked her what her husband was working on, she would laugh and say honestly: “I don’t know. ” They had met while Rogers was a student at Amherst in the 1950s. Jane was a student at Mt. Holyoke, an intense, hardworking girl who turned down dates so that she could study on weekends. She was an English major and liked, in those days, to talk to Rogers about such things as “the new criticism” and the different types of ambiguity in poetry, and whether Charles Dickens was, in fact, the greatest novelist who ever lived.
You have to trust someone in this business, he thought to himself. Otherwise, what was the point? “Trudie,” Rogers called to the other room, where the technician was waiting with her polygraph machine. “It’s getting late. ” Rogers shook Fuad’s hand, thanked him, and said goodnight in Arabic. 9 Beirut; December 1969 The covert relationship between the CIA and Fatah’s deputy chief of intelligence put down a first frail root in late December 1969. Even by the standards of the espionage business, it was an awkward and furtive contact.
Peace plan for the Middle East and told him to give it to Jamal. It was chicken feed. The same draft had already been circulated to the Lebanese, Egyptian, Jordanian, and Israeli governments. A version had even been leaked to The New York Times . Indeed, Fatah officials were already denouncing it on the grounds that it rejected their demand for an independent Palestinian state. But they hadn’t seen the text. Rogers hoped that a leaked copy of the plan would convince Jamal that the Americans were willing to take the Palestinians seriously.