Thomas A. Twetten

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Alma materIowa State University, Columbia University
Member ofLe Cercle
CIA Deputy Director of Operations, Le Cercle

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In office
1 January 1991 - 1993

Thomas A. Twetten was a Central Intelligence Agency case officer. He spent the majority of his career in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.[1]


Interested in foreign countries and psychology, Twetten graduated from Iowa State University, and then obtained a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University.


Twetten joined the CIA in 1959. Over a 34 year career, he worked his way up to Deputy Director of Operations (DDO), a job he held from 1991 to 1993.[2]

He was posted to Benghazi, Libya during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. There, he developed a friendship with Richard Calder, who went on to become Deputy Director of Administration (DDA) in 2001.

In 1988, he was head of the Near East Division of the CIA's Directorate of Operations. He had a significant impact on the events in Afghanistan immediately before the Soviet Union's withdrawal. He later described Bill Clinton as "personally afraid of any connection with the CIA".[citation needed] [3]

Later activities

After his 1995 retirement from the CIA,[4] Twetten became an antique-book seller in Vermont.[5]

Deep Politics

He attended Le Cercle.