ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) – A covert CIA agent says his cover was blown by Gary Schroen’s book on terrorism, which reveals his identity in several “clear” pictures. John Peppe claims that Schroen and Random House damaged his career in CIA “clandestine activities” and exposed him to becoming “subject to a fatwa,” by publishing a book that describes the agency’s exploits in Afghanistan.
Peppe says Schroen and Random House used a false name for him in the text of “First In, An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan.” But he says the book contains several clear photographs of him “not modified to protect identity.”
Peppe says the book, published in 2007, describes incidents that are “true and involved activities of the plaintiff within his employment with the CIA.”
He demands $1 million for invasion of privacy.
The signatures, but not the names, of the plaintiff, his attorney, and the court clerk are all blacked out in the complaint in City Court.