29 Apr '18, 11am

TIL the CIA once failed at bribing Mr Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, which was then relatively…

TIL the CIA once failed at bribing Mr Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, which was then relatively…

Recently, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) made its repository of declassified documents available to the masses online. The documents can be browsed via the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST). Our searches on Singapore through CREST yielded Singapore’s most well-known brush with the CIA. Botched bribery attempt In 1960, a CIA agent was caught trying to buy information from a Singapore intelligence officer. The CIA offered to pay then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew USD$3.3 million to cover up the matter. Lee rejected the offer, and asked the U.S. to provide formal economic aid to Singapore instead. Dean Rusk, the then U.S. Secretary of State, also formally acknowledged the incident and apologised to Lee in a letter. In 1965, Lee revealed the incident in a televised interview with foreign correspondents. This led the U.S. ambassador to Malaysia and the State Department ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/02/cias-failed-attempt-to-brib...

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