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Moments after midnight in the heart of Africa, a plane carrying one of the 20th century’s greatest peacemakers fell from the air. The crash site was immediately sealed. A quick inquiry blamed pilot error. The wreckage was buried. Only now, more than half a century later, is a fuller truth beginning to emerge. The death […]
The bestselling author of All the Shah’s Men and The Brothers tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s.
The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer―the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace―including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs.
A year ago in this space, I introduced the world’s three most promising new young leaders. All three seemed to be dynamic visionaries, deeply conscious of the magnitude of today’s global challenges. Now, after another year in office, how are they doing? Wonderfully well. They have gone from being the “three most promising” to the three […]