Recruiting Spies in the Trump Era


Marc Polymeropoulos retired in June 2019 from the Senior Intelligence Service ranks at the CIA after a 26 year career in operational headquarters and field assignments covering the Middle East, Europe, Russia and counter terrorism. 

OPINION — Several friends have recently asked me how the myriad of international scandals that plague the current Trump administration have affected the core business of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations — tasked with recruiting foreigners to commit espionage on behalf of the United States.

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