Tuesday, December 31, 2013

After 45 Years With The Agency This CIA Employee Is Retiring

Bernard Thornton sits in his car on his second-to-last day inside the agency Ford Expedition that he drives for the CIA. Courtesy of CIA

Mr. Thornton Ends Career As A CIA Driver With Stories To Tell -- Washington Post

The way Mr. Thornton tells the story, it was shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, and he suddenly needed to drive the CIA’s No. 3 official to a secret location three hours away in Virginia. His boss, A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, was running late, so Mr. Thornton — a fedora-wearing septuagenarian who everyone, even agency directors, called by that honorific — would need to use his lead foot.

“It was at one of these undercover places, and we were doing 80 miles per hour. One time, I hit 100. But I got Buzzy there 15 minutes before the meeting,” said Mr. Thornton, 79, who insists that he cannot remember much else about the drive and why the meeting was so urgent. “All I knew about it was that it was a secret place,” he said. “That’s all I can say.”

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My Comment: I can only imagine the stories that Mr. Thornton can tell .... but .... we all know that he cannot talk about.

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