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Frederick Hitz

Former CIA Inspector General Hitz to discuss "Espionage in Era of Uncertainty," Sept. 25

Sep 25, 2008 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Open to the Public

Frederick Hitz '61, a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Center for National Security Law and former CIA Inspector General, will present a public talk titled "Why Spy? Espionage in an Era of Uncertainty," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Frederick Hitz is a Senior Fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia. Hitz entered the CIA as an operations officer in 1967. From 1973 to 1978 he left the CIA and served in various capacities within State Department, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy before ultimately returning to the CIA in 1978.

He was the first presidentially appointed inspector general of the Central Intelligence Agency where he served from 1990 to 1998. Among his many achievements, Hitz successfully led the CIA’s investigation into Aldrich Ames, the CIA double agent. He was also charged with investigating the CIA's role in the alleged cocaine trafficking in the U.S. during the Reagan administration.

Hitz has written extensively about espionage and intelligence issues. In his most recent book “Why Spy? Espionage in an Era of Uncertainty,” (Thomas Dunne Books, 2008), he discusses why espionage worked against the U.S.S.R. but has been unsuccessful against terrorists.

Hitz was the recipient of a medal for distinguished service in the Department of Defense and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Distinguished Medal.

He is a former lecturer of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Project on International Intelligence at the Woodrow Wilson School. Hitz did his undergraduate work at Princeton University and received his J.D. from Harvard University.

This lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.

Frederick Hitz, senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Center for National Security Law and former CIA Inspector General