30 September 2004. Nicholas Natsios dies:


6 August 2000. Retirement year corrected.

4 August 2000. Revised by request.

3 August 2000

A note from John Young, operator of Cryptome.

My father-in-law was a long-time career officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, one of its earliest members, and chief of station in several countries. He retired in 1974, and is 80 years old.

My wife, Deborah, and I met in 1993. She supports Cryptome with courage and much free labor.

I have never discussed Cryptome with my father-in-law.

My father-in-law has never discussed his career in my presence, not even used the term "CIA." As far as I know I have never met another CIA or other intelligence officer or agent.

For his family's privacy I won't tell his name here, for now, but it won't be hard to learn -- a search of the Internet will provide information. Some accounts call him "a legend," and I would like to learn more about that.

He's not talking to Cryptome, and that's regrettable, for I believe such knowledgeable persons should disclose everything they know about the global culture of secret intelligence and its profound effects -- to better inform citizens on the true way their governments function.

John Young (aged 64)
251 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-873-8700
Fax: 212-787-6102