Shadow Circus: CIA Operations in Tibet

Now here’s something you don’t hear about everyday: a documentary about the CIA-back insurgency in Tibet during the 50’s and 60’s. The CIA trained and financed a paramilitary operation by Tibetan nationalists until the early 1970’s, when Nixon established relations with Communist China. And the story has a local flavor too; the CIA trained many of the counter revolutionaries on Saipan. I’d heard stories about CIA training Chinese agents on Saipan in the 60’s, but I never guessed it was actually Tibetans learning how to monitor radio frequencies, master cryptography and make Molotov cocktails.