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Former CIA official critical of U.S. intelligence work speaks at Evergreen, Olympia on Friday

OlympianOctober 17, 2013 

A former CIA analyst who one week ago helped honor national security whistle blower Edward Snowden in Moscow is speaking at The Evergreen State College and again in Olympia on Friday. Snowden has been charged under the Espionage Act for revealing state secrets.

Ray McGovern is a former CIA official who later became critical of U.S. intelligence efforts justifying the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, and he visited Snowden on behalf of Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. Evergreen professor Larry Mosqueda said in a news release that two Olympia activist groups, the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace and an Alternatives to Capitalist Globalization, are sponsoring the talks, entitled “The National Security State and the Drive to War.”

One talk is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at Evergreen’s Seminar 2 building, room B-1105. The other starts at 7 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 N. Columbia, in downtown Olympia. For details on the events, call 360-951-4894.

McGovern was an Army intelligence officer who served as a CIA analyst from the Kennedy to first Bush administrations. Local group sponsors said he helped in 2003 to create a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity to expose false military intelligence.

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