Former CIA agent Enrique ‘Ric’ Prado writes memoirs
NEW YORK – A former CIA agent known for his exploits everywhere from Miami to Nicaragua to Afghanistan has a book deal. “Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior” by Enrique “Ric” Prado will be released next March.
“A lot has been said about the CIA over the years,” Prado said in a statement Wednesday. “And many have been (expletive). I wrote ‘Black Ops’ to erase my agency’s name. I know the untold sacrifices that have been made for this country by dedicated men and women who have served anonymously. , as quiet heroes, I can’t wait to share these stories now.
His book, submitted for government review, was advertised by St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan.
Prado spent 24 years with the CIA before retiring in 2004. His assignments ranged from fighting with the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s – even after Congress cut US support for the Contras – as they attempted to to overthrow the Sandinista government, to help lead the hunt for Osama bin Laden, to oversee SEAL Team Six missions in Afghanistan.
Investigative reports in The Nation and a book by journalist Evan Wright alleged Prado had ties to organized crime and drug dealers in Miami and to shell companies for private entrepreneur Blackwater. According to St. Martin’s, he wrote the book “to set the record straight for himself, his career and the men and women at his agency.”
“In ‘Black Ops’ Prado shares a true and poignant story of life in the murderous world of assassins, terrorists, spies and revolutionaries and reveals how he and his fellow CIA officers dedicated their lives to operating in the shadow to fight a little seen and a practically unknown war to protect the United States from those who would harm them, ”announced the editor.
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