Honesty hasn’t been Company policy when it comes to American espionage, but, if the Foreign Service Exam is any gauge, that may be changing. The multiple-choice exam, taken by 1,200 State Department hopefuls at the D.C. Armory and by thousands of others across the country on Nov. 13, asked would-be ambassadors about the Constitution, world geography, and Federal Reserve policies, but also overtly acknowledged some of our covert meddlings in the Third World. One question read: “The CIA has been involved in establishing governments in which of the following countries?” Among the options: Cuba, Honduras, Iraq, and Libya. Since “all of the above” was not a choice, test-takers probably settled for “a.) Iran and Guatemala.” But CIA glasnost stops at the border: There were no questions on the agency’s role in the Kennedy assassination.

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