Truth, justice and the American way are subjective ideals – not absolutes – a lesson this spy-turned-author learnt, writes Steve Meacham.
It’s no secret Glenn Carle’s revealing autobiography, The Interrogator: A CIA Agent’s True Story, is unlike most books. Large parts of his 300-odd page account are blacked out. Sometimes it is just a word or two, sometimes it’s virtually an entire page.
The deletions – or ”redacted passages” in CIA-speak – were ordered by the Central Intelligence Agency. Although Carle retired in March 2007 after 23 years as a spy – or member of the agency’s ”Clandestine Service” – he had promised to publish nothing about his experiences without vigorous official vetting.
So the book comes with a warning: ”All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official positions or views of the CIA or any other US government agency. Nothing in the contents should be construed as asserting or implying US government authentication of information or Agency endorsement of the author’s views. This material has been reviewed by the CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information.”