It is not the story of men and women who have a better and deeper understanding of the world than we do. In fact in many cases it is the story of weirdos who have created a completely mad version of the world that they then impose on the rest of us.
—Adam Curtis on the fact that journalism on intelligence has been getting it wrong for decades.
This is undoubtedly true.
Whether Allen Dulles or Lavrentiy Beria, what has characterized the the minds of spies is their perverse view of the world.