If this is true -- and it must be, because it's on the CIA's official website -- the "Impeach Bush" crowd may have a new recruit.
The Central Intelligence Agency has chosen Paul Barry, a veteran officer, as its new liaison to the entertainment industry. "For more than two decades, Paul Barry has worked with every part of the Agency, in the United States and overseas," said CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano. "He not only understands how the organization protects America, he has devoted his professional life to supporting and improving its operations."
The CIA's Entertainment Industry Liaison, within the Office of Public Affairs, plays a vital role in explaining the Agency's national security mission to the American people. For years, the CIA has worked with creative talents on films, publications, and other media to give their projects a greater sense of authenticity. That program, which continues under Director Michael V. Hayden, seeks to convey the dedication, skill, and daring that define Agency officers.
Now, when the CIA cooperates on a promising venture, fiction or nonfiction, Mr. Barry is the gateway to the Agency. He can advise on scripts and stories, arrange interviews with the men and women who each day accomplish the tasks of intelligence and espionage, and facilitate visits to CIA Headquarters, either to build background knowledge or to film at the most important location in the world of clandestine service.
The process of selecting the Entertainment Industry Liaison was rigorous. "In an agency filled with exciting, rewarding assignments, this job is unique," said CIA spokesman Gimigliano. "We had a large pool of outstanding candidates. We wanted someone who knows the CIA top to bottom, has contacts throughout the Intelligence Community, and has the vision, energy, and powers of explanation that the post demands. Paul Barry has all those qualifications, and we are glad to have him on the team in the Office of Public Affairs."