We continue our series of interviews from the Eisenhower Legacy Collection with unedited excerpts from a 1995 conversation with former CIA chief Soviet analyst Ray Cline. He details the growth of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Eisenhower – and describes Ike as a “man devoted to the facts” who valued intelligence as a wartime leader and as the nation’s chief executive. Topics include U.S. covert actions in the 1950s, Soviet relations, the Korean War, CIA involvement in Iran, Sputnik and the so-called “missile crisis.”
Independent producer George Colburn conducted this interview for a series of documentaries on Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military and political career – a period covering from 1941 to 1961. C-SPAN 3’s American History TV is airing a selection of interviews that Mr. Colburn has conducted over the last two decades with the people closest to Ike during the war years and his presidency.