Sakwa joined the CIA in 1952, and was assigned to Paris as an officer in the French branch of the Western Europe Division. He concluded that Irving Brown's operation subsidising Force Ouvriere should be cut back, to which Tom Braden agreed.
In 1959, Sakwa joined the Vietnam desk of the CIA Far East Division, and concluded that the US was being drawn into a disaster. Arthur Schlesinger, who Sakwa knew through Americans for Democratic Action encouraged him to produced a memorandum for President John F. Kennedy, entitled "CIA: Problems of a Clandestine Agency". This angered the CIA liaison officer with the White House, Cord Meyer and Sakwa was forced out of the agency shortly afterwards.
- NameBase SAKWA PAUL
- B. Drummond Ayres Jr., 3 ARE INDICTED IN ATTEMPT TO SHIP TRUCK-MAKING MACHINES TO SOVIET, New York Times, 6 January 1983.
- Hugh Wilford, The Mighty Wurlitzer, How the CIA played America, Harvard, 2008, p.68. Cite error: Invalid
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