Ex-CIA Agent Agee Dies in Cuba Exile

Critic of US policy wrote exposé of alleged spy agency misdeeds
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 4:23 PM CST
Philip Agee had lived in Havana since 2000, when he started his Cuba travel website.(AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Philip Agee, an ex-CIA spook who became a critic of US policies in Cuba, has died in Havana after surgery at age 72. Agee quit the CIA in 1969, and in 1975 published a book detailing the agency's alleged unethical policies against Latin American leftists. Agee moved to Cuba in 2000, where he started a travel website to bring Americans tourists there, the AP reports.

Remembered as '"a loyal friend of Cuba," Agee had his US passport revoked in 1979, and went to live in Germany, occasionally in hiding. He had been accused of accepting $1 million from Cuban intelligence officials by a Cuban defector, which he denied. He was also accused by Barbara Bush of blowing the cover of a CIA station chief who was later killed.