Wednesday, February 22, 2012

midnight canoeist


William Egan Colby (January 4, 1920 – April 27, 1996) spent a career in intelligence for the United States, culminating in holding the post of Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from September 1973, to January 1976.

During World War II Colby served with the Office of Strategic Services. After the war he joined the newly created Central Intelligence Agency. Before and during the Vietnam War, Colby served as Chief of Station in Saigon, Chief of the CIA's Far East Division, and head of the Civil Operations and Rural Development effort, as well as overseeing the Phoenix Program. After Vietnam, Colby became Director of Central Intelligence and during his tenure, under intense pressure from the US Congress and the media, adopted a policy of relative openness about U.S. intelligence activities to the Senate Church Committee and House Pike Committee. Colby served as DCI under President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford and was replaced by future President George H. W. Bush on January 30, 1976.

There is speculation that Colby's death was due to foul play.
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27 Apr 1996 William Colby dies of hypothermia and drowning, canoeing in the middle of the night, at his home in Rockpoint MD. He did not mention any canoeing plans to his wife, nor was it normal behavior for him to engage in nocturnal canoeing adventures. Colby's body is not immediately located.

6 May 1996 William Colby's body actually found after the canoeing accident, lacking his usual lifevest. It was found 20 yards from the canoe, after the area had been thoroughly searched multiple times. (rotten.com)

William Colby died the week he was to meet with the Disclosure Project. (video)

"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media."
William Colby.

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