Robert Crowley (CIA)

Robert Trumbull Crowley (July 13, 1924  October 8, 2000) was an American patriot and an officer in the Central Intelligence Agency since 1947, achieving the rank of assistant director for clandestine operations, second in command of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, which was in charge of covert operations.[1]

A native of Chicago, Illinois and graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, he served in the US Army in the Pacific theater during World War II. While at West Point, Crowley played for the Army Black Knights men's soccer program, where he was an NSCAA First-Team All-American in 1945.[2] After the war, he remained in the United States Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1986.

The New KGB: Engine of Soviet Power

Crowley co-authored The New KGB: Engine of Soviet Power with William R. Corson.[3] Released in 1985, the book asserts that the KGB took control of the Communist Party and the Soviet Union.[3][4]


Crowley was a source for David Wise's 1992 book Molehunt.[5]


  1. Washington Post, October 10, 2000.
  2. "2017 Army Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). p. 6.
  3. 1 2 Austin, Anthony (July 7, 1985). "IN SHORT: NONFICTION". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  4. "Book sheds light on KGB". Record-Journal. Meriden, Connecticut. UPI. August 18, 1985. p. C 3. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  5. Wise, David (1992). Molehunt: The Secret Search for Traitors That Shattered the CIA. Random House. pp. 32, 38, 93. ISBN 978-0394585147.
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