FILE 008 - CIA's Analytic Chief on the Tradecraft Behind the Agency's Assessments
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In this episode of The Langley Files, Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis, Linda Weissgold, joins Dee and Walter to discuss what makes a good CIA analyst, the unusual working hours required to be the President's briefer, and the importance of the Agency's apolitical assessments. Along the way, she shares lessons from her decades-long career with CIA - and what it's like delivering bad news to the most powerful person on the planet.
Look Inside FILE 008
Want to dive deeper into today’s episode? Here's a look into Langley's (unclassified) files:
Overview of CIA’s Directorate of Analysis and the analytic positions available at the Agency
Is perhaps the most exclusive publication in the world still delivered on paper? Check out the evolution of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB)
Curious about the women OSS members Linda mentioned? Read stories from the “Sisterhood of Spies”
See the iconic words inside the final President’s Intelligence Checklist (PICL) ever produced by CIA
Want to try your hand at searching out the answer to today’s trivia question? Head over to the CIA World Factbook—where that information, and much more, awaits.