Currey and Currie


Currey, Cecil B. Code Number 72: Benjamin Franklin, Patriot or Spy? Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1972.

Petersen notes that the author "posits the theory that Franklin himself may have been working for the British." In this regard, Constanitnides suggests that "the impression created" by the author is "of an effort to interpret facts to fit a theory," and urges readers "to use caution with this work."


Currey, Cecil B. Edward Lansdale: The Unquiet American. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1998.

According to a review in JAH 77.1, Currey has presented "a spirited defense of Lansdale's career." The problem is that neither Lansdale nor Currey's other informants were willing to talk about "what serious students of intelligence want to know most about -- what they did as intelligence operatives.... Because of the difficulty with sources, Currey's account is probably the most detailed that could be written of Lansdale's career."

Commenting on the 1998 edition, Jonkers, AFIO WIN (30-1998), notes that "this book provides both an important contribution to literature of the Vietnam war as well as a monument to a legend." Ahern, CIA and Rural Pacification in South Vietnam [2001], 4/fn.10, suggests that "Currey's credulity regarding many of the claims for and by Lansdale makes the book frequently unreliable."

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Currey, Cecil B. Road to Revolution: Benjamin Franklin in England, 1765-1775. New York: Anchor, 1969.


Currie, Catherin. Anna Smith Strong and the Setauket Spy Ring. Port Jefferson Station, NY: C.W. Currie, 1992.

Surveillant 3.4/5: "Biography of New York State Spies in Setauket. Anna Smith Strong was born in 1740 and worked as a spy in the American Revolution."


Currie, Helen. "An ATS [Auxilliary Territorial Service] Girl in the Testery." In Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking Computers, ed. B. Jack Copeland, 264-268. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.


Currie, James T. "First Congressional Investigations: St. Clair's Military Disaster of 1791." Parameters (Dec. 1990): 95-102.

This article does not deal with intelligence, but discusses an early instance of Congressional efforts to exert oversight of Executive Branch activities. The House of Representatives formed a committee to investigate Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair's defeat in an expedition against the Indians.


Currie, James T. "Iran-Contra and Congressional Oversight of the CIA." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 11, no. 2 (Summer 1998): 185-210.

This is a quick and opinionated overview of Congressional oversight of the CIA before, during, and after the Iran-Contra affair.



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