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The C.I. Desk: FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle

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Lynch, Christopher (Author)
  • Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
  • True Crime : Espionage
  • Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
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Fans of “The Americans” TV series on the FX Network will recognize elements of the show in The CI Desk, Chris Lynch’s account of his thirty years as a counterintelligence analyst at the FBI and CIA. “The Americans” creator Joe Weisberg discovered the now-popular “character,” the “FBI mail robot,” within The CI Desk’s pages, and hired Chris Lynch to be a consultant for the show. Since then, the Writers Guild of America and Peabody Award-winning writers of the show have extracted anecdotes, descriptions, and terms from The CI Desk for episodes of “The Americans,” including “The Bureau does not feel,” “munchkins,” and Lynch’s own experience of being suddenly and inexplicably summoned to the Director’s office. According to Kim Chamberlain of, “this book lends the personality, depth, and reality to the day-to-day intelligence that seems to be lacking in other works. With a razor-sharp wit, a keen eye for human nature, and a wry sense of humor, The CI Desk is in turn hilarious and saddening. There are some nail-biter moments here (and) a seemingly endless procession of fascinating characters,” including moles (such as FBI agent Robert P. Hansson, Lynch’s supervisor for two years), mole hunters, penetrations of hostile services, defectors, agent handlers, and the unsung people at headquarters desks in FBI and CIA operations that spanned the globe. The C.I. Desk shows the routine, the thrilling, and the sometimes funny or tragic human side of the counterintelligence work of the FBI and CIA.

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