|A Private Spy Network Operating in the Mideast|
[Article Above From New York Times so be aware of their agenda when reading]
Duane R. Clarridge no longer works with the CIA but runs his own spy network in San Diego. With long experience in the shadowy world of espionage, Claridge has undertaken to work with government funding or without government funding to undertake operations against a variety of targets in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
•Charles E. Allen, a former top intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security who worked with Mr. Clarridge at the C.I.A., termed him an “extraordinary” case officer who had operated on “the edge of his skis” in missions abroad years ago.
•Mr. Clarridge declined to be interviewed, but issued a statement that likened his operation, called the Eclipse Group, to the Office of Strategic Services, the C.I.A.’s World War II precursor. “O.S.S. was a success of the past,” he wrote. “Eclipse may possibly be an effective model for the future, providing information to officers and officials of the United States government who have the sole responsibility of acting on it or not.”