CounterSpy (magazine)

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CounterSpy was an American magazine that published articles on covert operations, especially those undertaken by the American government.[1][not in citation given] According to the magazine's list of back issues, CounterSpy published 32 issues from 1973 to 1984.[2] The magazine was headquartered in Washington DC.[3]

Outing CIA operatives[edit]

The magazine gained notoriety when CounterSpy founder and former Central Intelligence Agency agent Philip Agee advocated outing agents in their Winter 1975 issue. Agee urged the "neutralization of its [CIA] people working abroad" by publicizing their names so that they could no longer operate clandestinely.[citation needed]

The station chief in Costa Rica, Joseph F. Fernandez, first appeared in CounterSpy in 1975. However, the 1975 murder of Richard S. Welch, the CIA Station Chief in Greece, by Revolutionary Organization 17 November was blamed by some on disclosures in magazines such as CounterSpy.[4][5]

Though U.S. officials, including then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush, blamed CounterSpy for contributing to Welch's death, Welch was previously named as a CIA officer by several European publications, and the CIA had assigned him a house previously used by CIA station chiefs.[citation needed] Congress cited the Welch assassination as the principal justification for passing a law in 1982 making the willful identification of a CIA officer a criminal offense.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peake, Hayden B. The Intelligence Officer's Bookshelf Archived July 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Intelligence in Recent Public Literature vol. 47 no. 4. (note 18)
  2. ^ Peter Knight (2003). Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-57607-812-9. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Angus MacKenzie (April 1, 1999). Secrets: The CIA's War at Home. University of California Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-520-21955-7. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Walker, Jesse (July 14, 2005). Agee's Revenge. Reason
  5. ^ Staff report (January 5, 1976). Kidnaping in Vienna, Murder in Athens. Time

Further reading[edit]

"CounterSpy vol.3, Issue 1 Spring 1976" (PDF).