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Nicholas Dujmovic, visiting professor, intelligence studies, and CIA historian, was quoted in a Washington Post story on the history of the CIA memorial wall, which served as a backdrop for a speech by Donald Trump. See below.

Trump called it a ‘very special’ wall. For the CIA, it is sacrosanct.

From: The Washington Post
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
Author: Derek Hawkins


... For the first quarter century of its existence, the CIA did little to commemorate its dead, at least in any official capacity. That changed in 1973, when the idea for a memorial gained traction, according to Nicholas Dujmovic, CIA historian and veteran intelligence analyst. It was a disastrous time for the agency, which was “under siege” after a range of its activities came to light, including its infiltration of student groups during the Cold War and its abuse and torture of prisoners in the Vietnam War, as Dujmovic wrote in 2008.

Morale was low, he said, and the agency needed a boost.

“By 1973,” Dujmovic wrote, “with the Agency under attack, there was a felt need for commemoration.”

A memorial wall was approved at the end of the year and quietly sculpted in 1974. “No ceremony was held to dedicate it,” Dujmovic wrote. “It simply appeared one day.” ...


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