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George W. Cave is a CIA operations officer and authority on Iran who took part in the Iran-Contra arms sale.[3][4]

George W. Cave
Born (1929-08-06) 6 August 1929 (age 89)[1]
New Jersey
ResidenceSilver Spring, MD[2]
Nationality United States
Alma materPrinceton University
Espionage activity
Allegiance United States
Service branchDirectorate of Operations (CIA)

George Cave majored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University, where he studied from 1952 to 1956,[5] and joined CIA after graduation. One account claims Cave served for the CIA in Teheran during the 1953 Iranian coup d'état that restored the Shah of Iran to power.[6] In the mid 1970s he served in Tehran as deputy CIA station chief, with personal ties to the Shah.[6] His "pseudo name" was "Adlesick". [7] In the series "Documents from the U.S. Espionage Den" he is referred to in volumes 10, 17, 38, 55 and 56. In October 1979, he gave a briefing to Abbas Amir-Entezam and Ebrahim Yazdi, based on intelligence from the IBEX system, that Iraq was preparing to invade.[8]

By 1977, when he was working in Jeddah, he had six children, three of whom were in college.[9]

He testified against Clair George about the CIA's involvement in Iran-Contra.[10][11]

He published his first novel, "October 1980" in December 2013.[12] In his final interview Duane Clarridge, former CIA operations officer and Iran-Contra figure, hinted that this novel was a largely accurate depiction of how Reagan's October Surprise transpired.[13]

The International Spy Museum interviewed him about his career in June 2012.[14]

He attended Milton Hershey School where he graduated in 1947 and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2001.[15]

Selected worksEdit

  • Cave, George W. (1972). Sufi Poetry. Rawalpindi: R.C.D. Cultural Association.
  • Cave, George W. (1975). "Personal observations on changes in Iran between 1958 and 1975".
  • Cave, George W. (2013). October 1980. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1-4827-8213-4.
  • Cave, George W. (2017). The Seat of the Scornful: A Second Chance. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1540503893.


  1. ^ "CounterSpy Winter 1975" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Milton Hershey School Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ Lewis, Neil A. (August 11, 1992). "ONS Ex-C.I.A. Expert on Iran Ties Agent to Arms Sale". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Horvitz, Paul F. (1991-10-02). "Ex-Aide Calls CIA Under Casey and Gates Corrupt and Slanted". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  5. ^ Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (5 March 2016). "Participant Biographies" (PDF).
  6. ^ a b "Plumbing the Cia's Shadowy Role". TIME. December 22, 1986. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  7. ^ Bill, James A. (1988). The eagle and the lion : the tragedy of American-Iranian relations. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 492. ISBN 9780300044126. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  8. ^ Bird, Kai (2014). The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Crown Archetype. p. 246. ISBN 9780307889775. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Princeton Alumni Weekly".
  10. ^ Lewis, Neil A. (1992-08-11). "Ex-C.I.A. Expert on Iran Ties Agent to Arms Sale". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  11. ^ OSTROW, RONALD J. (1992-08-11). "Ex-CIA Chief's Statements on Secord Contradicted". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  12. ^ "October 1980". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Our Man in the Middle East". Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  15. ^ "MHS Chronology" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2019.