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NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA oper- ative known for his exploits everywhere from Miami to Nicaragua to Afghanistan has a book deal. Enrique “Ric” Prado’s “Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior” will come out next March.
“A lot has been said about the CIA over the years,“ Prado said in a statement Wednesday. “And a lot of it has been (expletive). I wrote ‘Black Ops’ to clear the name of my agency. I know the untold sacrifices that have been made for this country by devoted men and women who have served anonymously, as quiet heroes. I’m eager to share those stories now.”
His book, subject to government review, was announced by St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan.
Prado spent 24 years in the CIA before retiring in 2004. His assignments ranged from fighting with the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s — even after Congress had cut off U.S. support for the Contras — as they tried to overthrow the Sandinista government, to helping lead the hunt for Osama bin Laden, to over- seeing SEAL Team Six missions into Afghanistan.
“In ‘Black Ops,’ Prado shares a harrow- ing true story of life in the deadly world of assassins, terrorists, spies and revolu- tionaries and reveals how he and his fel- low CIA officers devoted their lives to operating in the shadows to fight a little- seen and virtually unknown war to keep the United States safe from those who would do it harm,“ the publisher announced.