A correspondent recently sent me a link to the following article, which escaped my attention when it was first published back on February 12, 2011.
What follow are excerpts from Morgan Cook's article entitled "EXCLUSIVE: Retired CIA Spy Operates Private Agency from Home." The "private agency" referenced in the title is known as "The Eclipse Group," and it just so happens to be located in North County, a region in the Northern area of San Diego county. (Readers of CHAMELEO will immediately understand the significance of this.)
Feel free to tuck this article away in the "San Diego High Weirdness File":
After 33 years with the CIA, [Duane R.] Clarridge said he retired from the intelligence agency and moved in 1988 to North County to take a job in the private sector, marketing electronics for a Virginia-based defense and security company now known as BAE Systems.
Clarridge [had a] career in the CIA, which was marked by great success before he was forced to retire amid an investigation of his role in the Iran-Contra affair. According to [a New York Times] article, Clarridge was indicted for lying to Congress about his role in the affair, but was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush [...].
As a noted expert on terrorism -- he helped found the CIA's Counterterrorism Center toward the end of his career with the agency -- Clarridge said he occasionally has been sought out for consulting work in the two decades since he left the agency.
[After losing a contract with the Pentagon in 2010, Clarridge and his associates] "decided to self-fund [his private spy] operation," he said. "The people involved contributed either by not getting a salary or putting up money."
You can read the entire article by clicking HERE.