KENNEBUNK — An openly gay former CIA operative and novelist will address “CIA Tradecraft: Honeypot, Rabbit Bait” and his undercover role as an international flight attendant at the Sept. 16 public meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.
 
Brian Randall, author of the fact-based spy thriller, Demaris Protocol, is expected to discuss his involuntary recruitment, CIA training and counterintelligence assignments including work in Munich, Dubrovnick, Mogadishu, Cairo, Bahrain, Paris, and Frankfurt under the special challenges of service in an agency whose policies at the time banned homosexuals.
 
Raised in a fundamental Baptist environment in the deep South, Randall is an openly gay graduate of Liberty University, founded by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. 

His novel draws upon his 10 years in Washington, D.C. and the unusual circumstances of his coming out. In 1992-93, he was involuntarily targeted and recruited as a civilian asset for the CIA at a time of the strictest ban on same-sex sexual orientation.
 
He and his partner of 14 years are avid boaters and live with their German Shepherd, Aspen, in Portland.
 
The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk.

A question period will follow the presentation and it is free and open to the public.


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