As Tropical Storm Higos blew in from the Pacific, Stephen Stanek, a covert CIA operative, faced a decision. It was time to either cancel the operation he was running or go forward with it. The storm was barreling through the Philippines but was then projected to veer north and miss their area of operation.
Stanek’s partner for the operation, a younger man named Michael Perich, had recently graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy. A football player at the academy, Perich was now at the beginning of his career in paramilitary operations and had just recently been trained as a scuba diver.
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Update #1: How The CIA’s Adrift Maritime Branch Lost Four Men On A Doomed Spy Mission Against China (Warzone/The Drive)
Update #2: CIA Sent Four Men on Doomed Spy Mission as Branch Struggled for Validity, Feature Recounts (Spuntik)
WNU Editor: The target was an island believed to be occupied by the Chinese military north of the Philippines. No details on which island exactly was the target. But what caught my eye about this story was the decision to sail into a hurricane on a forty foot boat.What the hell were they thinking?