Open and critical about the work of the CIA

UNDERCOVER: CIA agent Amaryllis Fox developed algorithms that predict terrorism, and tells about the CIA's working methods in its startling and exciting biography.

Literary critic in MODERN TIMES.
Published: 2020-03-08
Life Undercover - Coming of Age in the CIA
Author: Amaryllis Fox
Ebury Press, United Kingdom

"If there was one thing I learned in my time as a CIA agent," he said Amaryllis Fox in a video on the IrishCentral website, "everyone thinks they are 'The good guy'."

During his tenure as a CIA agent, Fox operated without diplomatic immunity in 16 different countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Not having diplomatic immunity is very risky, as it means that you do not have any form of protection from your own country. Fox left CIA 2010 and became known when six years later she began to publicly share her experiences. I see her criticism of the US authorities as brave, interesting and important.

One of the most valuable things about this book is that it talks so openly about how the CIA actually works: "I have some sense of how the questions become answers," she writes: "Field operatives reach out to clandestine sources foreign governments, and ask them for clarifications during late-night car meetings or walks down back lanes. ”

Collaborates with the junta in Burma

At school, Amaryllis Fox was much alone. But one day, a teacher gives her Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and the book changes her life. She also reads the book Civil disobedience by the same author and develops a strong commitment to social justice.

As a 17-year-old, she takes a one-year break from school and enrolls in another trip Thailand to assist people fleeing Burma's military junta. In the refugee camp, she meets the Burmese dissident and writer Min Zin, who says that people are needed to reveal the Burmese military regime's procedures.

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By partnering with the Burmese junta, which desperately needs revenues, Fox is getting a visa. She then meets Daryl, who works for a Japanese firm that invests in Burma. He suggests that they pretend to be a married couple on a business trip to get a visa to the country, where they film the regime undercover.

Through Thailand she gets to Myanmar and meet the dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, and films and interviews her. Both Fox and Daryl are stripped of the passport and interrogated by the Burmese junta, but unbelievably avoids being ...

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