George W. Cave

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George W. Cave
Born (1929-08-06) 6 August 1929 (age 92)[1]
New Jersey
Nationality United States
Alma materPrinceton University
Espionage activity
Allegiance United States
Service branchDirectorate of Operations (CIA)

George W. Cave is a CIA operations officer and authority on Iran who took part in the Iran-Contra arms sale.[3][4]

George Cave majored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University, where he studied from 1952 to 1956,[5] and joined CIA after graduation. One account claims Cave served for the CIA in Teheran during the 1953 Iranian coup d'état that restored the Shah of Iran to power.[6] In the mid 1970s he served in Tehran as deputy CIA station chief, with personal ties to the Shah.[6] His "pseudo name" was "Adlesick".[7] In the series "Documents from the U.S. Espionage Den" he is referred to in volumes 10, 17, 38, 55 and 56. In October 1979, he gave a briefing to Abbas Amir-Entezam and Ebrahim Yazdi, based on intelligence from the IBEX system, that Iraq was preparing to invade.[8]

By 1977, when he was working in Jeddah, he had six children, three of whom were in college.[9]

He testified against Clair George about the CIA's involvement in Iran-Contra.[10][11]

He published his first novel, "October 1980" in December 2013.[12] In his final interview Duane Clarridge, former CIA operations officer and Iran-Contra figure, hinted that this novel was a largely accurate depiction of how Reagan's October Surprise transpired.[13]

The International Spy Museum interviewed him about his career in June 2012.[14]

He attended Milton Hershey School where he graduated in 1947 and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2001.[15]

Selected works[edit]

  • Cave, George W. (1972). Sufi Poetry. Rawalpindi: R.C.D. Cultural Association.
  • Cave, George W. (1975). "Personal observations on changes in Iran between 1958 and 1975".
  • Cave, George W. (2013). October 1980. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1-4827-8213-4.
  • Cave, George W. (2017). The Seat of the Scornful: A Second Chance. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1540503893.


  1. ^ "CounterSpy Winter 1975" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Milton Hershey School Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ Lewis, Neil A. (August 11, 1992). "ONS Ex-C.I.A. Expert on Iran Ties Agent to Arms Sale". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Horvitz, Paul F. (1991-10-02). "Ex-Aide Calls CIA Under Casey and Gates Corrupt and Slanted". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  5. ^ Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (5 March 2016). "Participant Biographies" (PDF).
  6. ^ a b "Plumbing the Cia's Shadowy Role". TIME. December 22, 1986. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  7. ^ Bill, James A. (1988). The eagle and the lion : the tragedy of American-Iranian relations. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 492. ISBN 9780300044126. Retrieved 9 June 2019. adlesick george cave.
  8. ^ Bird, Kai (2014). The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Crown Archetype. p. 246. ISBN 9780307889775. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Princeton Alumni Weekly". 1977.
  10. ^ Lewis, Neil A. (1992-08-11). "Ex-C.I.A. Expert on Iran Ties Agent to Arms Sale". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  11. ^ OSTROW, RONALD J. (1992-08-11). "Ex-CIA Chief's Statements on Secord Contradicted". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  12. ^ "October 1980". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Our Man in the Middle East". Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  15. ^ "MHS Chronology" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2019.