5 People You Won’t Believe Worked For the CIA

by | Oct 11, 2017 | Videos | 31 comments

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When you think of a CIA agent, you probably think of the Hollywood stereotypes: a tall, athletic man in a black suit with dark sunglasses, walking around with one hand on his gun and the other on his ear piece.

But that’s stupid. Spies are meant to blend in, not stick out, and the best spies are the ones you’re least likely to expect. So I bet you never knew these people were secretly working for the CIA.

1 – Julia Child

When you think Julia Child, you probably think “soufflé” before you think “spy.” But you’d be wrong.

Julia McWilliams was an advertising copy writer for a New York City furniture store when Pearl Harbor changed her life. Wanting to join the war effort, she applied to the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of today’s CIA, and started work as a research assistant directly under OSS Director William “Wild Bill” Donovan.

From there her career took several surprising turns. She helped develop a shark repellent to coat marine explosives for the U-boat warfare effort. She spent time in Ceylon helping to coordinate the invasion of the Malay Peninsula. She ran the OSS Registry in China during the final crucial months of the war in the Pacific.

She also met her husband, Paul Child, who was also working for the OSS, and the two were married in 1946. He joined the US Information Agency and was assigned to Paris in 1948 where Julia studied French cooking at one of France’s most prestigious cooking schools, Le Cordon Bleu. And the rest as they say, is history. The officially-sanctioned history with all the spy bits left out, that is. Julia’s role in the OSS wasn’t declassified for over 50 years.

 2 – Arthur Sulzberger

As publisher of The New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger Sr. was one of the most influential men in the news media from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. And he worked hand in hand with the CIA.

The connection was first uncovered by Ramparts Magazine in 1966, investigated by Congress in the mid-70s and documented in detail by Carl Bernstein in his landmark 1977 Rolling Stone article, “The CIA and the Media.” In the report, Bernstein identifies Sulzberger (along with Henry Luce of Time Inc., William Paley of CBS and numerous other mass media organizations) as working directly and knowingly with the CIA to help the agency achieve its propaganda objectives. There were ten CIA operatives working at the New York Times in the 50s and 60s alone.

The CIA’s drive to infiltrate the news media was codenamed “Operation Mockingbird” and included everything from Sulzberger’s New York Times and Paley’s CBS down to AP, Newsweek, Reuters and even the Louisville Courier-Journal. The program formally came to an end in February 1976 when then-Director George. H.W. Bush created a new agency policy promising that the CIA would never again contract with any accredited U.S. news service, newspaper, radio station, television network or journalist. Because we all know the CIA would never lie about something like that, right?

3 – Jackson Pollock

Do you ever get the feeling that modern art can only exist because it’s being funded by the CIA in a vast conspiracy to confuse and disorient the public? Because if you do, you’d be exactly right.

At least, such was the case throughout much of the 50s and 60s. In 1950, Tom Braden set up the CIA’s International Organizations Division specifically to pay for such diverse artistic endeavors as the touring program of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the animation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (complete with an altered ending that made it more palatable for American propaganda purposes). As we now know (thanks to the 1995 admission of former case officer Donald Jameson) they also funded abstract expressionist painters, from Jackson Pollack to Mark Rothko to Willem de Kooning.

So why would the CIA be interested in promoting an artist who hung paint cans upside down and let them drizzle on to the canvas randomly? The official explanation is that it was all part of a cunning plan to convince the Soviets of the vibrant creativity of American culture…Or something like that. Given that it probably just made the Russkies cock an eyebrow or laugh at American silliness, one has to wonder what the real purpose of the program was. Especially when it’s discovered that other counter-cultural movements of the period were funded by the Agency, it would seem that the program was aimed more at demoralizing America itself than in scoring cultural points in the Cold War.

4 – Ken Kesey

Speaking of CIA-funded cultural movements, it turns out the 1960s drug culture was helped along by everyone’s favourite spy agency.

In 1959, Ken Kesey, Alan Ginsberg and 140 other young men and women volunteered to take part in an experiment at Stanford University. The experiment, run by two researchers who were secretly working for the CIA, involved giving the subjects their first hit of LSD. Five years later, Kesey was “Captain Flag” of the “Merry Panksters” taking their Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test across the country and Ginsberg was spearheading the budding counterculture movement along with fellow suspected CIA operative, Timothy Leary.

But Kesey and Ginsberg weren’t the only 60s counterculture icons to be under the influence of the CIA. Others who have been confirmed to have been CIA funded include feminist movement leader Gloria Steinem. Even Gordon Wasson’s research into magic mushrooms (introduced to the public via CIA associate Henry Luce’s Life magazine) was funded by the CIA as part of their MKUltra mind control program.

5 – Ahmed Wali Karzai

In 2013 the then-President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzei, admitted that the CIA deliver bags of cash directly to his office as part of an ongoing campaign to control the Afghan government. But if you think that openly bribing the president of a foreign country is something, wait until you get a load of this: In 2009 it was revealed that the CIA was also openly bribing his drug dealing brother.

Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of President Hamid Karzai, was a powerful politician in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province who functioned much like every other warlord in the war-ravaged country; namely, using his government position to protect his business. And do you want to guess what that business was? If you guessed heroin and opium, you’d be correct!

So yes, the CIA was not only openly bribing the president of a foreign country, but his drug-dealing brother, too! Given the long history of the CIA’s drug running with Air America, their participation in Iran-Contra, their association with Pablo Escobar and dozens of other stories, is this really a surprise?


This list just scratches the surface of the CIA’s reach, of course, but it should at least give you pause for thought. Not all CIA agents, operatives, associates and useful idiots look like Jason Bourne or Jack Ryan.

But all of this is ancient history now. The real question is who is secretly working for the CIA today?


  1. Part of the brilliance of your work is the insertion of “one liners” from mainstream media interspersed between the points you are making. Do those one liners solely come from your memory’s hoard, or is there an on-line data base you glean from? Any way – I’m glad your work “happened” to me – carry on!

  2. The “revealed” hyperlink leads to nothing.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. The link has been corrected.

  3. Make it a series!

    It could have been at least 10 to include more details on Anderson Cooper, Gloria Steinem, and Timothy Leary, for the newbie normies (as our circles may already know that). The Laurel Canyon 60s classic rock scene and Hollywood too. And that wacky Vegas shooting incident.

    Part of Julia Child’s job was to introduce foreign/exotic cuisine to re-unify Europe and the west after WWII as domestic cultural reintroduction propaganda so we could all be friends again and to easier dominate them and their neighbors. I _think_ I heard this in these Tim Kelly & Joe Atwill “Powers & Principalities” conversations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvg8eyC7StzTDikjUhvccZJly9kCJ3u3B

    Abstract art has been supported by elites, not only to confuse people, but also to depoliticize and neuter art from any meaningful activist impact. Howard Zinn

    Love the humour !

    • Not a direct quote by Howard Zinn, but it was certainly a sentiment he frequently shared.
      (I ran out of time to re-edit.)

      I’d love this as a series to bring much needed transparency to the evil empire.

  4. James do you have a suggestion on where to look next for more people? Is there a good book or documentary that you know?

    • I seem to remember that we had a CIA agent in Greece who became their president in 1948. We’ve got more fingers in pies around the world than we can pay attention to. There was the CIA testimony which basically said that anyone of importance in the media was an asset. With all these well-placed agents and assets, you’d think they would be just a little less incompetent; but no….. During the trial of the CIA agents in Italy, they were revealed to be nothing but hacks. The only reason they get away with anything at all is because they control all the chokepoints. Media, courts, governments, the places that hate the people help the CIA.

    • Councel on Foreign Relations :D.
      e.g.: https://www.cfr.org/experts/michael-p-dempsey

      Maybe in birth registers if you are American. I find it annoying how few sources you often find on people in important positions regarding their family relationships and their CV. It is their good right to protect their privacy but it makes it much more difficult to research their connections (and thus possible degree of “evilness”).

      Sorry, I don’t have a real good answer.

  5. The heads of the SIX media giants, everyone who’s anyone in Europe’s media (as revealed in Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News by Ulfkotte Ph.D Ph.D., who was murdered and the book has been “delayed” in it’s English version for the US), wall street stock hawkers, everyone in hollywood and SillyCon Valley (you don’t really believe the idiotic bs from Elon Musk, do you?) and most CEOs of the sp500.

    Just a start…

  6. James I would like to make a suggestion for one of your future video productions:

    ‘Big Media’

    After giving thought to what we can and can’t do to bring about change for the betterment of society, I have come to the conclusion that the media today, more specifically the MSM, determines our fate.

    Whether it’s a revolutionary discovery, the latest mass murder,
    the drumming up of public support for ‘the next war’,
    the future of ‘electric this or that’, the MSM is in total control of the narrative/truth, damage control and what will/won’t occur subsequently.

    [An example: once a fraud/false flag/hoax attack is committed, if the MSM does not call it out in the first week after occurring, it’s almost always done deal.]

    So a story on who controls ‘Big Media’, their exact power, their exquisite effect on controlling the masses, can their stranglehold on us ever be terminated etc…?

  7. Corbett, this may be off topic, but why the hell is Trump being pushed as anti pedo? I mean, he hangs in Epstein’s island with the Clintons, he IS deep state. So…WTF!? Now he is our savior? *head explodes*

    • Yes is No and Up is Down in the corrupt halls of corporate media and their puppet pals in DC. They are the same people telling us ISIS Iran is the greatest support of terrorism while America and Saudia Arabia fill the region with weapons and death. Trump was proclaimed a champion of the little man while being one of the richest men in the world. The media just lies straight to our faces in spite of all clear evidence. Maybe they are just telling people what they want to hear?

  8. The Ken Kesey CIA conflation is beneath you. Kesey and his gang did not like, or get along with the Leary crowd. Kesey was a truth warrior, not a CIA dupe.

  9. I laughed when I saw Julia Child on the list; though she was pretty impressive when you think about it. I’m just glad my old favorite; The Cajun Cook (a little wine for the food, a little for me!) was too drunk to make his interview at the CIA. As to who else? I’d say all of them.

  10. NEWS
    This caught my interest, because this first U.S. soil ISIS terrorist event happened about 4 miles from where I live.
    This was the “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas in May of 2015.

    During the shooting, a security guard was wounded. He is now suing the FBI for complicity. He has a good case. Even FBI Director James Comey is named for covering up the complicity.

    But…well…we know how these things go.

    One EXCERPT from a well written article by Rachel Blevins:
    …According to a report from CBS News, court records revealed that the FBI agent who was in the car directly behind Simpson and Soofi during the attack had “texted Simpson just weeks before with the message, ‘Tear up Texas,’” and he was even “taking pictures of the car about 30 seconds before the first shots were fired.” As soon as the suspects opened fire, the agent fled the scene….

    LINK to article and RT Video

      • Thanks. Interesting.
        My son was in Ft Worth today. He lives southwest of Mansfield.
        I will pass the info on to him.
        There are other Corbett Report members who live in that area.
        Do you live out that way?

        Today in downtown Dallas, some activists spoke to the Mayor and City Council about stopping the Fluoridation program in light of the new September study. I finally got a reporter interested in doing a fluoridation story for a Black Community oriented newspaper, and so he was doing an interview and photos.

      • …and oh! The Chemtrails were really bad today. Lots of criss-cross. It would had been a nice blue, clear sky with pleasant no-wind temperatures today, 70 to 80 degrees. But no…they had to muck it up.

  11. I agree. However, I would like to expand upon a point you made. When you said it was found out later that the whole shebang was funded by the CIA. The Dr. may not have ever known he had been involved in a CIA experiment. Most people who do become involved probably have no idea who they are involved with. We can see this in everyday crimes committed by one of their sister agencies; the FBI. How many times have we seen people set up by the FBI to commit crimes without ever knowing they were fulfilling an FBI agenda? Intelligence agencies are in the deceit business. They never announce their intentions if they can avoid it.

  12. But Ryan Dawson said he works for Israel! Oh wait, that’s the same thing. My bad.

  13. I forgot all about that revelation. Can’t believe that I had forgotten it. For much of my life, I have practiced buddhism from a philosophical perspective. While I still practice many buddhist meditative techniques, I moved on to stoicism some 20 years ago. Still, it was a shock for me when I learned of this. It was even more of a shock when I began looking into the practices of the regimes which claim to practice buddhism. Slavery in Tibet, genocides in various Indonesian countries, and the like. All the major religions are founded upon the principle of love; and all of them have been perverted beyond description. Like Bill Hicks once said; it’s just a choice between love and fear. I’m thinking humans aren’t very good at making even the simplest of choices. And people wonder why I doubt our place at the top of the pyramid.

  14. https://vault.fbi.gov/adolf-hitler/adolf-hitler-part-01-of-04/view
    The same page (geopolitics.co) is purporting the claim Hitler fled to Argentina, with ‘proof’ from these fbi files.
    However, what I found interesting, their appear other claims in articles that a long-term CIA agent (20+ years) grants those documents reliability.
    Yet I needed a German page to find out the name of this CIA conspiracy theorist (such labeled their).
    It is Robert Baer. That really bepuzzled me. Didn’t know that.
    https://www.corbettreport.com/911-suspects-robert-baer/ (remember his famous claim; and by whom he is named best officer: Seymour Hersh (our limited hangout: https://www.corbettreport.com/limited-hangout-why-the-osama-story-is-being-resurrected-now/))

    Ah, and this all started with a little research concerning “limited hangout”s on the corbettreport.com page after I got concerned if Holger Stark (Zeit, former Spiegel journalist, on the CfR pannel at least two times) may be an intelligence asset or at least a limited hangout (like probably Glenn Greenwald – will now browse articles on him ;-))?

  15. I want to say Iran, but I’m guessing. Wasn’t a Kennedy involved in Iran, the one who paved the way to cheap and efficacious revolutions?

    • You are right, mkey. I believe a nephew of FDR was also heard to comment that he used to think that FDR had come up with all his policies himself, but that he later on found out this was false. I don’t believe he ever named those who had really come up with those ideas. But I think we can all guess it was the powers that cower from the light.

  16. Greetings,
    old article but from time to time I remember it. As I’ve seen a German ‘Truther’ speak about Sean Penn maybe (or probably) being a CIA agent (process against El Chapo Guzman apparently started last week), I wanted to mention him here.
    Apparently there have been a few talks in that way about him two years ago on English and Spanish speaking channels too. But it seems to be not much. Maybe one is gonna hear more in the future in the light of that process.


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