25 Mar 2009
Last week, new C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta sent along a memo to his troops upon coming home from his first big trip abroad to India and Pakistan. The intention of the memo was to convey how impressed he was with the professionalism and dedication of agency personnel. He also noted that he watched a number of spy flicks like The Bourne Identity and said that Hollywood gets it all wrong:
“Yes, I admit I’ve watched a Bourne movie and three other spy flicks on the flight home and smiled when I thought about how Hollywood has no idea about what we can really do. The great skill and contribution of our work would make a better movie. . . but no one would believe it!”
The average citizen surely wonders if spy movies are like real life — they have to, right? Now here’s what we want to know…what do analysts and folks working in the intelligence community think?? Obviously, you all can’t disclose classified information, but a quick note to let us know if Hollywood would be blown away if they knew what REALLY went on. Or, conversely, if Hollywood blows it all out of proportion, we would like to know that too. Look forward to hearing from you!