CIA marks death of spy with a rare request



WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers are asking people to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the first American killed in the Afghanistan war by donating to a fund for the children of their fellow agency fallen.

Since the death in 2001 of CIA officer Mike Spann, a total of 23 stars have been added to the wall at CIA headquarters that honors CIA operatives lost.

The clandestine world rarely breaks its silence, especially on family, but the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation notes some 56 children will need educational support over the next two decades. With economic hard times making many reconsider their giving, the spy world realized it needed to speak up to ask Americans to remember those who spend most of their careers hiding from view.