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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Legendary Burma-born CIA operative in Laos dead in Chiang Mai

Legendary Burma-born CIA operative in Laos dead in Chiang Mai: "More than 100 Lahu, Wa and other hill tribe mourners packed Chiang Mai’s protestant Community Church on Monday night for the first of two funeral services for an American ex-CIA agent they had regarded as a trusted friend.

William ‘Bill’ Young, who it appears took his own life in Chiang Mai on Friday, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. One source said he was found with a gun in one hand and a crucifix in the other.

Burial services in Chiang Mai will reportedly include a 21-gun salute by the Free Burma Rangers, a group that provides cross-border medical services to Burmese refugees.

Young was born in a Shan village in Burma 76 years ago, into a renowned Christian missionary family. He grew up in Shan and Lahu villages, forging friendships and contacts that were later to prove invaluable when he worked for the CIA in America’s ‘secret war’ in Laos."

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