William Colby was the controversial Director of the CIA who shared the agency’s “family jewels” during sworn testimony before contentious committees of Congress in the 1970s. He parachuted behind Nazi enemy lines World War II. He helped swing an election in Cold War Italy — away from communism — while undercover. Some consider him a war criminal for his work in Vietnam, others a hero. All agree he was truly a spymaster.
Carl Colby, William Colby’s son, has made a fascinating and informative documentary about his father’s life called The Man Nobody Knew. My friend John Meroney and I teamed up to write a piece about the film, including an interview with Carl Colby, for The Atlantic. Read the story here.