CovertAction Quarterly

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CovertAction Quarterly (named CovertAction Information Bulletin until 1992) was an American publication focused on and critical of the US Central Intelligence Agency.

History and profile[edit]

The magazine was founded by former CIA officer turned agency critic Philip Agee and others in 1978.[1][a] 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.[3] The magazine was based in Washington DC.[1][4]

In 1992 with the issue 43 the magazine renamed as CovertAction Quarterly.[1] 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.[5] Another article highlighted by Project Censored was Michel Chossudovsky's 2000 claim that the World Trade Organization was an "illegal institution".[6] It ceased publication in 2005.[7]

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. ^ According to Christopher Andrew, documents in the Mitrokhin Archive indicate that the magazine was established "on the initiative of the KGB" and that the group responsible for producing it was "put together" by Soviet counterintelligence. Andrew writes that there is "no evidence" that anybody associated with the magazine, apart from Agee, was aware of the KGB's role.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Peter Knight (2003). Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-57607-812-9. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Andrew, Christopher; Mitrokhin, Vasili (2001) [1999]. The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB. New York: Basic Books. pp. 232–233. ISBN 978-0-465-00312-9. 
  3. ^ Blum, Bill (November 3, 2010). "Anti-Empire Report". Z Space. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Everyone who has supported CAQ". May 14, 1998. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Big Business Seeks to Control and Influence U.S. Universities". Project Censored. 1998. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Project Censored, Top 25 Censored Stories of 2001: 13. The World Trade Organization is an Illegal Institution
  7. ^ "CovertAction Quarterly: Back Issues". Redacted News. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2015.