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The Nation

October 16, 1987

Former CIA agent Philip Agee asked the government during a State Department hearing to restore his passport which he said was taken from him not because he disclosed U.S. intelligence operations and agents but because he disagreed with American foreign policy. Agee is best known for his 1975 book, "Inside the Company: CIA Diary," which cited alleged CIA misdeeds against leftists in Latin America and included a 22-page list of purported agency operatives. He was stripped of his passport in 1979. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, acting on information from the CIA, denied Agee's application in January for a new passport on grounds that he was a paid adviser to Cuban intelligence, had trained Nicaraguan security officials, and instructed security officials in Grenada before a U.S. invasion toppled the government there.

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