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The "Unquiet Allies"

French and American Intelligence Relations During the First Indochina War, 1950–54

Jean-Marc LePage, Ph.D., and Elie Tenenbaum

French-American intelligence relations were famously presented in literature through the prism of Graham Greene’s brilliant novel, The Quiet American. The book portrays Alden Pyle, a soft-spoken, intellectual, serious, and idealistic CIA officer meddling in badly corrupt French colonial affairs. This embroidered vision, though not completely disconnected from reality, has concealed the true nature of French-US intelligence relations in the region, which were part of a necessary, though unwelcome by the French, alliance.

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Posted: Nov 09, 2011 11:15 AM
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