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“Mailer Visits CIA and Finds He’s in Friendly Territory. Really.” Article-interview by Elaine Sciolino. New York Times, 3 February, Sec. A, p. 10. Report of Mailer’s visit to the CIA in Washington where he gave a standing-room-only lecture to 500 officials, and then later met with top officials in the private conference room of Robert M. Gates, CIA Director. Various CIA officials are quoted on the accuracy of Harlot’s Ghost (91.26), and Mailer tells Sciolino that with the end of the Cold War, “the CIA can get out of the beartrap of ideology and begin to provide serious and needed intelligence on the rest of the world.”