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The structure and function of CIA funding fronts are examined, and several dozen CIA funding fronts from the 1950s and 1960s are identified. These fronts allowed the CIA to outsource research to unwitting scholars, including anthropologists, who gathered information and produced analysis of interest to the CIA. The Asia Foundation, a CIA asset from the early 1950s until 1967, gained access to lists of Asian anthropologists by offering to subsidize AAA membership dues for Asian anthropologists.

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