- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several CIA employees used to commute from Maryland to the CIA headquarters in Virginia by paddling across the Potomac. I used to do a lot of whitewater kayaking on the Potomac River, so I knew about this 20 years ago, but it was told to me off the record. Now the CIA has released an article about it.
Here’s the best sentence: "In spider season the first canoeist up the hill carries a branch which he waves in front of him. I am constantly reminded of the ‘simba’ rebels at the height of the Congo crisis who waved palm fronds to ward off bullets."