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When ex-spies go rogue by becoming lawmakers

Jan 01, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

GLEN ALLEN, Va. - Once Rep. Abigail Spanberger embraced the secret life of a CIA operative, she never imagined breaking cover.

She handled and recruited spies in Europe, where she specialized in counterterrorism and nuclear proliferation issues. She aspired to an appointment somewhere as chief of station, the Langley equivalent of ambassador. Instead she wound up leaving the agency in 2014 in search of a less nomadic life after having three children.

Then came the Trump presidency an...