Sad State of Spying

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Sad state of spying

Intelligence vets are still musing over Michael Kostiw, whose reported shoplifting forced his withdrawal this month as the CIA’s prospective executive director. But what dismays the spooks most isn’t the ethics or the propriety of the case–it’s that Kostiw had served as a case officer for 10 years and still couldn’t manage to shoplift a package of bacon without getting caught in a Northern Virginia market. Says one old spy: “It’s a perfect metaphor for the sorry state of the CIA.”


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  1. PJ/Maryland says:

    A relevant question is, how many packages of bacon did Kostiw shoplift before he got caught?

    Check the guy’s freezer; for all we know, he’s been living on bacon (maybe he’s an Atkins fan).