CIA agents John T. Downey and Richard G. Fecteau
The documentary below was CIA-produced and, until now, intended only for internal CIA audiences as a training measure. It details the capture, imprisonment, and eventual release of two CIA operatives shot down while on a secret mission to China in the 1950s.
Thanks to the Associated Press, the documentary is now available for public viewing on Youtube. AP filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for the film to be released, and the CIA complied last week. From AP:
A big theme of the film is the behind-the-scenes efforts by CIA officials in Washington, throughout the men’s imprisonment, to keep their financial affairs in order and provide assistance to their families.
It features re-enactments of important scenes, including the ambush and the men’s harsh interrogations at the hands of the Chinese. Some portions were filmed at a former insane asylum in Petersburg, Va.; Fecteau and Downey themselves talk at length about their imprisonment.
The film was produced by the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence and first shown almost a year ago at CIA headquarters.
You can read a full and super detailed account of the men’s story over at the CIA website.
Video after the jump…