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Government Breaks Protocol, Blowing Cover of CIA Chief in Brazil

06/20/2017 - 10h23

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The GSI (Institutional Security Council), a secret service agency that is subject to the executive branch, uncovered the identity of an agent of the CIA - the United States' foreign intelligence agency - by publishing his name in the agency's public agenda.

According to the agenda of general Sérgio Etchegoyen, chief minister of the GSI, which was released on the agency's website on June 9th, Duyane Norman either was or is the "station chief of the CIA in Brasília".

The lack of discretion was revealed by Eurasia consultancy analyst João Augusto de Castro Neves on Monday (the 19th).

According to the GSI, the agenda, which is regulated by the Free Information Act of 2012, "is an active instrument of transparency" and "the names and positions of all attendees are to be registered in accordance to the principles of transparency, without exception".

The US embassy in Brasília issued a statement acknowledging there were reports on the matter, but refused to state whether or not they were true.

An internet search for "Duyane Norman" on the internet reveals a second public agenda linking him to the CIA in Brazil. On July 11th 2016, Mr. Norman and Joseph Direnzo had an appointment with the general director of the Federal Police, Leandro Daiello Coimbra, in Brasília. Both their names can be found in the agenda next to the term "CIA".

The Federal Police did not issue a statement before the edition was published. Folha learned that the US government classified the revelation as a mistake.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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General Sergio Etchegoyen, chief minister of the GSI
General Sergio Etchegoyen, chief minister of the GSI

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