The Six Big Myths About the CIA – Newsweek

This article first appeared on the History News Network.

President Donald J. Trump views as “political hacks” a group of former directors of intelligence agencies. He hastened to reassure Americans, saying he is satisfied with the agencies under the chiefs he appointed.

That not-quite-enthusiastic endorsement opens the door to revisit classic claims made about the 70-year old Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Many have been repeated so often as to acquire unwarranted credence. Some of these claims are misleading, some are misdirected, some are outright wrong. Here’s why.

GettyImages-520956564 The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, April 13, 2016. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

1. The CIA does not make

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