One such recruit was Sal Ferrera
, mentioned in a December 27, 1977, New York Times article as having worked as a CIA operative in Washington, D.C., and Paris.
The details of Ferrera's association with Operation CHAOS are reported here for the first time.
They provide a glimpse into just haw the CIA
spied on the American press.
grew up in Chicago, studied revolutionary theory at Loyola University
, and in 1969 moved to Washington, D.C., where he
made contact with local journalists writing for underground publications.
He attended early meetings of the newly founded Quicksilver Times, which quickly became the city's leading crusader against the Vietnam War.
When the first issue came out on June 16, 1969, Ferrera's name was on the masthead.
participated in editorial decisions and represented the paper at various functions, and he
continued work in the underground press at home and abroad until 1974.
At some point not yet known he also went to work for CHAOS, his underground press connections providing him with impeccable "radical credentials."
Wherever there was radical activity, Ferrera
seemed to he
Between January and April 1970, he
interviewed Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and other members of the Chicago Seven
, as well as their lawyer, William Kunstler.
In Washington, he
became acquainted with Karl Hess, who worked for The Libertarian magazine
, and soon took to dropping in to visit Hess's
office in the basement of the Institute for Policy Studies
, a center for antiwar activities.
During the 1971 May Day antiwar demonstration in Washington, Ferrera took photographs and reported on the event for College Press Service, an antiwar syndication service; he may well have been the agent mentioned in the Rockefeller Commission's hearings on the CIA as having covered the demonstration for the agency.
also appears to have been the source of two reports to the CIA
regarding staff members of Liberation News Service
In late April, when Ferrera was still working in the Quicksilver office, an LNS editor stopped in to ask if LNS staff members who planned to come down from New York for May Day could lodge there.
subsequently went to live in Paris, where he
wrote articles on radical student politics for LNS and College Press Service
In 1972, the CIA
and another agent to monitor the activities of Philip Agee, who was then living in Paris and writing Inside the Company, his exposé of CIA operations in Latin America.
returned to the U.S. (and legally changed his
name) in 1975, the year Agee's book appeared.
When interviewed for this article, he
relationship with the CIA