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DCI Statement on the Death of Cord Meyer

March 14, 2001

I am greatly saddened by the death of Cord Meyer, a passionate defender of freedom around the world. During a remarkable intelligence career spanning more than a quarter of a century, Cord defined the concept, doctrine, and implementation of covert action on behalf of the security and interests of our nation. At the height of the Cold War, he played an instrumental role in America’s effort to counter Soviet influence. His leadership, innovation, and creativity inspired his colleagues and helped shape the Agency’s history.

After retiring from the Agency in 1977, Cord’s passion and his profound knowledge of world affairs was reflected in his thoughtful columns on a wide range of issues.

It was with great pride that CIA honored Cord Meyer as one of its Trailblazers when the Agency celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1997.

I want to express my deepest condolences to the Meyer family on behalf of all the men and women of the Intelligence Community.

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