Frederick Hitz

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Frederick Hitz
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Born Frederick Porter Hitz
(1939-10-14) October 14, 1939 (age 77)
Nationality American
Fields Political Science, international relations
Institutions University of Virginia School of Law,
Princeton University
Alma mater Princeton University
Harvard School of Law
Known for  • Why Spy? espionage in an age of uncertainty,
 • The Great Game

Frederick Porter Hitz (born 14 October 1939)[1] is an author and former Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Hitz graduated from Princeton University and the Harvard School of Law.

Hitz entered the CIA in 1967 as an operations officer. In 1973 Hitz was moved to the State Department, the Department of Defense, and Department of Energy, and then returned to the CIA in 1978. President George H. W. Bush appointed Hitz the first statutory Inspector General of the CIA in 1990.

Hitz played a role in the investigation into the CIA's role in the alleged cocaine trafficking in the US during the Reagan administration.

Hitz retired from the CIA in 1998 and took a position as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and Politics Department, specializing in intelligence and anti-terrorism law.


  • 2004: The Great Game: the myth and reality of espionage. New York: Knopf ISBN 0-375-41210-7
  • 2008: Why Spy? espionage in an age of uncertainty. New York: Thomas Dunne ISBN 0-312-35604-8


  1. ^ "Library of Congress authority file". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 

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