Gregory Douglas started out as a newspaperman in a small town in Illinois, wrote four books on Heinrich Müller, once chief of the German Gestapo and later an asset for both the U.S. Army and the CIA.
His revelations of a number of unpleasant facts prompted Robert Crowley, a specialist in counter-intelligence for the CIA, to contact and with an eye to finding just how much Douglas actually knew.
This turned into several years of weekly phone conversations in which Crowley and Douglas engaged in the most cynical observations imaginable.
When the authorities in Washington found out about this, they tried for some time to convince Crowley that Douglas was not a nice person and to stop talking with him.
Crowley was so impressed with their arguments that he sent Douglas two large foot lockers of his personal files and after he died in 2000, the CIA spent a great deal of money trying to lay their hands of their errant members' unfortunate activities.
They were not successful.
One of Douglas' most successful books was "Regicide: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy from Inside the CIA."
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