U.S. Spy Speaks Publicly in Favor of Diverse Recruitment

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A spy who spent three decades undercover has come out of the shadows to support recruiting people from diverse backgrounds for intelligence work.

Jose Rodriguez is director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service. He made his first public appearance Monday at a border security conference at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Rodriguez had his cover lifted about a month ago because of his interest in participating in minority recruitment.

He says only 14 percent of the work force in his service are minority. Rodriguez says they are working to change that.

A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez said his own diverse background was helpful to his career and to the agency. He spent much of his career in Latin America after joining the CIA in 1976.

Rodriguez served as deputy chief of the Counternarcotics Center, director of the Counterterrorism Center and deputy director of operations.