CIA Superspy Unmasks After 3 Decades

Clandestine service head blows own cover before retirement
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2007 5:09 PM CDT
CIA Superspy Unmasks After 3 Decades
CIA Director, and public face, Michael Hayden said in a statement that Rodriguez "guided some of the agency's greatest counterterror victories."   (

As he prepares for retirement, the CIA's chief spymaster has elected to reveal his true identity, the AP reports. Jose Rodriguez spent more than 30 years undercover, much of the time in Latin America; the Puerto Rico native has headed the agency's clandestine service since 2004. An agency spokesman says Rodriguez's cover was lifted a month ago.

As chief of "human intelligence" operations, Rodriguez oversaw the classic spycraft engaged in by various US agencies. He was known in public by his first name only. "Jose built a reputation for leadership in the field and here at headquarters, and he guided some of the agency's greatest counterterror victories," CIA director Michael Hayden said. (Read more CIA stories.)

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