(named CovertAction Information Bulletin
) is an American publication focused on and critical of the US Central Intelligence Agency
. It was founded by former CIA officer turned agency critic Philip Agee
and others in 1978
. It is most famous for its "Naming Names" column which published the names of undercover CIA officers. The column ended in 1982
with the passage of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act
, which made the practice of revealing the name of an undercover officer illegal under U.S. law.
According to notes made by Vasili Mitrohkin, "the Bulletin was founded on the initiative of the KGB," and the group running it was put together by the FCD's counterintelligence directorate.