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Spy Hunter, The
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

Profiles the mysterious, tortured life of James Jesus Angleton, ex-chief of counterintelligence for the CIA in the 1950's and 1960's. A master spy, Angleton spent the later years of his tenure searching for a supposed Soviet "mole" inside the CIA ranks. After a long and obsessive spy hunt, many colleagues were accused, many careers were destroyed, and the agency itself was damaged. Reporter Tom Mangold spent three years investigating the story, interviewing over 300 CIA employees.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Spy Hunter, The,” 05/14/1991, GBH Archives, accessed January 26, 2021,
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Spy Hunter, The.” 05/14/1991. GBH Archives. Web. January 26, 2021. <>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Spy Hunter, The. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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