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Posted at 4:40 PM ET, 08/26/2010

Backchannel chatter: CIA bikers deep in the woods

By Jeff Stein

Amazing who you can run into on the bike trail.


Here’s a report from Rob and Kim Richer, two former CIA officials peddling across the country to raise money for survivors and dependents of agency personnel killed in the line of duty.

“On our 14 August ride we ran into the first Director of the National Clandestine Service José Rodriquez as he was flying down the bike trail,” the Richers blogged the other day.

“Ran into”? Come on! Like Anna Chapman just sold real estate.

In any event, the Richers, who spent much of their 22-year careers in the Middle East, are writing about their cross-country bike trip on the blog of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation.

But back to Rodriguez, still under criminal investigation in connection with the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes.

“José gave us his usual sage advice,” the Richers write, “this time about bikes, and we were off in the opposite direction.”

Kidding!

“We hope José can link up with us in Texas or towards the end of the ride,” the Richers quickly add. “José was pivotal in the war on terror and his contribution to the growth of the Clandestine Service critical during very difficult times. José is a true hero and a great friend!”

And on they go, bikers beating against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. No word about brush passes or dead drops along the way.

By Jeff Stein  | August 26, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Intelligence  
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Comments

Your tax dollars at work, people!

Posted by: bs2004 | August 26, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"And on they go, bikers beating against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. No word about brush passes or dead drops along the way."

Wow.

I smell literatyre

And a Bourne reference - hidden of course.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | August 26, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

@ bs2004: Try reading the article before posting doofus: "Former CIA Officials"

Posted by: JRM2 | August 27, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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