Covering Coups in Saigon in the Early 1960s

Covering Coups in Saigon in the Early 1960s

By former CIA analyst George W. Allen

This article, originally classified, appeared in Studies in Intelligence Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter 1989). It appears here now as a prelude to the publication of two forthcoming compendiums of declassified or unclassified Studies articles marking the five decades that have passed since the full military engagement of the United States in the conflicts in Southeast Asia. Its author had been analyzing Vietnam since the 1950s and was a central figure in CIA’s analysis of the situation in Vietnam throughout the conflict. He also served as director of the Center for the Study of Intelligence late in his career. He retired in 1979.

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