Thomas Twetten

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Thomas Twetten (born 1935) was a Central Intelligence Agency case officer. From 1991 to 1993, he was Deputy Director of Operations (DDO). [1]


Early life

Twetten grew up in the town of Spencer, Iowa. He graduated with a degree in psychology from Iowa State University in 1957, where he was a member of the Army R.O.T.C. After graduation, he became a military intelligence officer and received a masters from Columbia University. [2]


In 1962, he worked for the United States State Department in Lagos, Nigeria as a political officer. [2]

He was posted to Benghazi, Libya during the 1967 ArabIsraeli war, where he was the chief of base. There, he developed a friendship with Richard Calder, who went on to become Deputy Director of Administration (DDA) in 2001. [3] From 1979 to 1982, Twetten served as station chief in Amman, Jordan.[ citation needed ] In 1983, he became deputy chief of the C.I.A.'s Near East and South Asia Division and was promoted to chief in 1986. [2]

In 1988, Twetten was head of the Near East Division of the CIA's Directorate of Operations. He had a significant impact on the events in Afghanistan immediately before the Soviet Union's withdrawal. He later described former president Bill Clinton as "personally afraid of any connection with the CIA". [4]

On January 1, 1991, Twetten became the Deputy Director of Operations. His final assignment was station chief in London, United Kingdom from 1993 to 1995.[ citation needed ]

After his retirement from the CIA, Twetten became an antique-book seller in Vermont. [4]

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