See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism - Chapter 4: August 197█, Madras, India Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4: August 197█, Madras, India Summary and Analysis

Robert was sent to Madras, India, on his first overseas assignment. He was on probation there and told that if he kept his nose clean, a better assignment would follow. Madras was a poverty-stricken area and a tough first assignment that separated the men from the boys. The Indian Intelligence Bureau was skilled and diligent and provided a challenge for new case officers. India was also a good place to collect first-rate intelligence. The CIA's focus in India was to gather intel on its nuclear program and the acquisition of Soviet military manuals. India was the number one place in the world for gaining intelligence on Soviet weaponry. Hundreds of Russian diplomats were frequent visitors to India and were considered potential candidates for becoming foreign agents for the CIA.

Robert's residence in Madras was a...

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