William J. Hood

 William J. "Bill" Hood died on 28 January 2013. Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013): 67.

Hood, William. Mole. New York: Norton, 1982. New York: Ballantine, 1983. [pb] Mole: The True Story of the First Russian Intelligence Officer Recruited by the CIA. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1993. [pb]

Clark comment: Hood served with OSS in England, France, and Switzerland. He later was a CIA Station Chief and retired in 1975. See his review of Mailer's Harlot's Ghost in IJI&C 6.1. Halpern, IJI&C 1.1, suggests that Mole is a better way to learn about counterintelligence than Stansfield Turner's Secrecy and Democracy. To Pforzheimer, this is "an excellent contribution to operational intelligence training. It is replete with tradecraft." Petersen sees Mole as "an excellent account of U.S. penetration of Soviet military intelligence." Noting Brassey's 1993 reprint, Surveillant 4.4/5 terms the book an "intelligence and tradecraft classic."


Hood, William, James Nolan, and Sam Halpern. Myths Surrounding James Angleton: Lessons for American Counterintelligence. Working Group on Intelligence Reform. Washington, DC: Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, 1993.

Clark comment: Reading this piece together with Cleveland Cram's Of Moles and Molehunters (1993) will not tell readers all they need to know about the disputes surrounding Angleton, but careful perusers will certainly come away with some understanding of the complexities involved.

The reviewer in Surveillant 3.4/5 was quite enthusiastic about this Working Group release: "This ... is an important item.... [It is] delicious 'I-was-there' stuff, with their prejudices -- for 'im or against 'im -- out on the table." Johnson, "Reader's Forum," IJI&C 7.3, asks the questions: Was Angleton right? Was Colby wrong? He answers with a qualified yes to each question. Angleton's firing "was the culmination of a conflict between two opposing operational philosophies that dated from the days of OSS."

Bates, NIPQ 10.2, says that "[a]ll three are supportive of Angleton, but not to the point where they did not see his faults and at times disagree with him.... [T]hey do a remarkable job. If counterintelligence is your bag, this pamphlet is for you.... [It is] pretty obvious that [Cleveland C.] Cram was the first to comment in the discussion period and to attack the whole presentation."

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