By Ted Gup
Within the front of the CIA headquarters looms an incredible marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved-each representing an agent who has died within the line of responsibility. professional CIA documents in basic terms identify thirty-five of them, notwithstanding. Undeterred through claims that revealing the identities of those "nameless stars" could compromise nationwide safety, Ted Gup looked after via hundreds of thousands of records and interviewed over four hundred CIA officials in his try to deliver their long-hidden tales to mild. the results of this amazing paintings of research is a shocking glimpse on the genuine lives of mystery brokers, and an remarkable background of the main compelling-and controversial-department of the USA executive.
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He was once frequently butting heads with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who refused to cooperate with business enterprise investigations. Hoover was once nonetheless steamed that the FBI have been pressured to relinquish to the CIA its intelligence jurisdiction over crucial and South the US. Westrell used to be additionally preoccupied with keeping off Joe McCarthy’s accusations that the Communists had vegetation in the course of the CIA. occasionally Westrell’s obligations bordered at the absurd. in a single example, he used to be referred to as upon to dispatch considered one of his staffers to move up a CIA group which includes a chemist acquainted with poisons, a doctor, and an operative. The staff chief was once James W. McCord, later one of many Watergate burglars. Their undertaking used to be to enquire no matter if somebody was once slowly poisoning the U. S. ambassador to Italy, Clare Boothe Luce. The staff concluded that Luce was once now not the objective of any plot, yet that over the years, flakes of paint containing lead had fallen into her nightly glass of wine. Westrell was once additionally chargeable for maintaining case officials less than deep hide from being uncovered. The identify of every such operative used to be written on a three-by-five index card—just the identify, not anything else. If a person inside of or open air the enterprise made an unauthorized inquiry approximately a type of participants, Westrell’s employees may examine. His whole workplace used to be inside of a vault. The playing cards containing the names of rankings of deep-cover operatives like Redmond have been locked in a secure in the vault each one evening. accurately how and while Redmond’s identify and destiny got here to Westrell’s cognizance isn't really transparent. An organization unit known as the touch department, which interviewed tourists coming back from journeys in another country, had realized from the foreign Rescue Committee contemporary émigré named Lydia Redmond, an enticing girl of Russian descent, used to be claiming that she used to be married to an American govt worker who were arrested in China. on the time, Lydia Redmond used to be dwelling in Milwaukee. The file piqued quandary for Hugh Redmond’s wellbeing and fitness but additionally raised questions on his judgment. He had now not pointed out to both his kinfolk or organization superiors that he had gotten married. easily fraternizing with a overseas national—especially one in all Russian descent—would have raised eyebrows. a wedding wouldn't in basic terms were subjected to shut scrutiny yet may well also have been noticeable as a career-ending mistakes in judgment. note of Lydia Redmond filtered right down to protection leader Sheffield Edwards, who requested Westrell to enquire Lydia Redmond’s declare. Westrell assigned it to the CIA’s Chicago box place of work. A initial inquiry advised that she used to be telling the reality, although the Redmond family members knew not anything of the wedding and there has been not anything within the previous SSU records to aid the declare. yet then, the documents have been woefully incomplete. Westrell prepared for Lydia Redmond to maneuver to the Washington quarter. He helped her get a role with the Veterans management and an house in Arlington, Virginia. At their first assembly the 2 dined at (appropriately sufficient) a chinese language eating place, the Moon Palace, on Washington’s Wisconsin street.