Richard Welch

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Richard S. Welch (1929-December 23, 1975),[1] a Harvard educated classicist, was a CIA Station Chief murdered by the radical leftist organization Revolutionary Organization 17 November.[2][3] He had been stationed in Athens only a few months before he was murdered outside his home. He was outed by a magazine called CounterSpy[4][5] edited by Timothy Butz. Butz also served on the editorial staff of The Public Eye[6] and as the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska Executive Director.[7]

Welch's murder lead to the passage of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982,[8] making it illegal to reveal the name of an agent who has a covert relationship with an American intelligence organization.

In 2003, fifteen defendants were convicted of Welch's murder.

By Presidential Order of U.S. President Gerald Ford, Welch was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. Richard S. Welch, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Arlington National Cemetery Website.
  2. Greek Assassins Arrested, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Weekly Intelligence Notes #31-02 5 August 2002.
  3. Washington Post, Obituary: Richard S. Welch. 29 December 1975, A16. ISBN 01908286
  4. Morton H. Halperin and National Security Issues--A Partial Record,Congressional Record, Senate - July 15, 1994, pg. S9109.
  5. Counterspy: How a Group of Ex-Agents Turned on Their Bosses: and Began Publishing a Magazine That Sent Shudders Through the U.S. Intelligence Community, Chip Berlet, Alternative Media, Vol 9 No 5 Jan/Feb 1977.
  6. "Public Eye Staff," The Public Eye (Vol II, Issues 1 & 2, 1979), 3. Quoted in Laird Wilcox, The Watchdogs: A Close Look at Anti-Racist "Watchdog" Groups, Second Edition, Part 2, Chapter Four: Political Research Associates, A Study in "Links and ties," Editorial Research Service, 1999, pg. 29. ISBN 0-993592-96-5.
  7. ACLU of Nebraska Charges State Patrol and FBI with Violating Free Speech Rights of ACLU Official, Press Release, (10/5/2004).
  8. "Agent-ID bill had its roots in R.I.", John E. Mulligan, Providence Journal-Bulletin, 22 October 2003. [1]