The 61

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In his book Free Agent, Brian Crozier says in 1977 he was invovled in setting up a "a private sector operational intelligence agency" called The 61 to "provide intelligence in areas which governments were barred from investigating" and "to conduct secret counter-subversion operations in any country in which such actions were deemed feasible." [1]

In response to an assertion in The Guardian that The 61 were funded by the CIA, Crozier wrote a letter to the paper stating that: 'The bulk of its funds came from rich individuals and a few private companies. The CIA's share of its budget - in the 10 years it existed - never exceeded 5 per cent.' [2]


  1. Joseph C. Goulden, 'Crozier, covert acts, CIA and Cold War', The Washington Times, 15 May 1994
  2. Brian Crozier, 'Letters: Churchill, the CIA and Clinton', The Guardian, 3 August 1998