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John R. Stockwell

Born: 1937
Birthplace: Zaire

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Spy, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CIA whistleblower

Military service: USMC (Maj.)

John R. Stockwell worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 13 years, including stints managing an intelligence-gathering post in Vietnam through the fall of Saigon, and as task-force commander of the CIA's 1975-76 secret war in Angola. He quit in 1976 and became the highest-ranking former agent to publicly describe the agency's activities, alleging that CIA Director William Colby lied to Congress, and describing the Agency's "several hundred covert actions a year". He has written two books on the secret activities of the CIA, and says that the CIA toppled functioning democracies in at least 20 countries between the end of World War II and the time that he left the Agency.

    University: University of Texas at Austin

    CIA employee (1964-76)
    CIA Medal of Merit 1976

Author of books:
In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story (1978)
The Praetorian Guard: The U.S. Role in the New World Order (1991)


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