Some new reading material for this week, as if I needed more.
The Foreign Ministry of Ecuador has just published “The CIA Against Latin America, the Special Case of Ecuador,” a book detailing the U.S. intelligence agency’s clandestine operations in the South American country during the 1960s.
The book, available in both Spanish and English (PDF, 108 pgs), was co-autored by Jaime Galarza Zavala and Francisco Herrera Arauz and based largely upon interviews with former CIA case officer Philip Agee.
Agee is best know for his critically acclaimed1975 book Inside the Company: CIA Diary, which detailed his experiences as a case officer in Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. Agee said that during the time he was stationed in Ecuador, from 1960 to 1963, the CIA helped oversea the overthrow of two presidents, infiltrated several political parties and organizations and planted bombs to frame leftist groups.
Galarza is a political activist who was imprisoned in the 1960s after being targeted by CIA operatives. Herrera is an Ecuadorian journalist.
I haven’t leafed through Inside the Company in several years but I have the feeling that it’s probably aged pretty well. If anyone knows where or how I can find an electronic version, please let me know.