Author profile: Kathryn Olmsted

Kathryn Olmsted is a professor of history at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), and Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 (Oxford University Press, 2009).

The Effect of Conspiracy Theories on the Central Intelligence Agency

Kathryn Olmsted • Jan 12 2014 • Articles
Conspiracy theories are seldom conducive to good policy-making, and they have harmed the reputation and reduced the power of U.S. government secret agencies, especially the CIA.

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