CIA New Hire Orientation

He began by telling us how fortunate we were to be there; We were the cream of the crop, representing a mere 1 percent of all applicants. Then he said something that has stayed with me all these years later: “The greatest threat facing America today is the threat of Soviet Communism.” This was January 1990. The Berlin Wall had fallen the previous November.

—John Kiriakou, The Reluctant Spy, (New York: Bantam Books, 2009), 23.

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