CovertAction Quarterly

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

CovertAction Quarterly (named CovertAction Information Bulletin until 1992) was an American publication focused on and critical of the US Central Intelligence Agency. It was founded by former CIA officer turned agency critic Philip Agee and others in 1978. It is most famous for its "Naming Names" column which published the names of undercover CIA officers. The column ended in 1982 with the passage of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which made the practice of revealing the name of an undercover officer illegal under U.S. law.[1] It ceased publication in 2005.[2]

In 1998, the magazine won an award from Project Censored for a story by Lawrence Soley in the Spring 1997 issue titled "Phi Beta Capitalism", about corporate influence on universities.[3] Another article highlighted by Project Censored was Michel Chossudovsky's 2000 claim that the World Trade Organization was an "illegal institution".[4]

Several articles from CovertAction Quarterly were collected in two anthologies, Covert Action: The Roots of Terrorism (ISBN 978-1876175849) and Bioterror: Manufacturing Wars The American Way (ISBN 978-1876175641), both published in 2003.


  1. ^ Blum, Bill (November 3, 2010). "Anti-Empire Report". Z Space. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ "CovertAction Quarterly: Back Issues". Redacted News. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Big Business Seeks to Control and Influence U.S. Universities". Project Censored. 1998. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  4. ^ Project Censored, Top 25 Censored Stories of 2001: 13. The World Trade Organization is an Illegal Institution