Interview With Rebecca Strong on Agency’s Media Manipulation

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Rebecca Strong to discuss the CIA’s long history of media manipulation.

“Writers do tend to lose their sense of skepticism, which you should particularly have dealing with CIA operational people — because their one real skill in terms of tradecraft is manipulating opinion.”

It’s no secret that the CIA has a long and sordid history of controlling the news.

The most well-known example of this is Operation Mockingbird, a large-scale program that began in the early years of the Cold War. The gist: between the ‘50s and ‘70s, the CIA contracted and bribed journalists to both write propagandistic stories, as well as avoid reporting about certain events that might paint the CIA or U.S. government in a bad light.

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