The Secret History of CIA Women | Mother Jones

\”You could always tell them by their socks,\” said Meredith, then-deputy chief of the CIAs European Division, about spotting foreign agents. All last names in the document are redacted. She joined the agency with her husband in 1979 as a \”contract wife,\” a spouse sent abroad by the CIA with her agent-husband to provide secretarial-type support work for low pay. When dressing to blend in with the crowd, Meredith recalled, undercover agents—on all sides—tended to overlook shoes and socks. \”That would never occur to my husband to look at.\” \”Women…were much better at detecting surveillants on foot,\” agreed Patricia, who joined the agency in 1973 and was awarded the CIAs Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal when she retired in 2004. \”I always put that down to women [being] more sensitive [to] whos near or in their space, for physical protection.\” That included in stores, she said, \”because surveillants dont shop well; they just cant fake it.\”

via The Secret History of CIA Women | Mother Jones.

 

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