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The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) – Outtakes – Alfred McCoy

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There’s new additional footage for Marc Eberle’ s The Most Secret Place on Earth, co-written by Tom Vater.

Watch never before seen interview with James Lilley, Deputy CIA station chief in Laos, on the ghosts of the past and the high life in a war zone.

This interview was filmed in August 2006. Note how Lilley talks about the mock torture with polygraphs. Lilley, who was US ambassador to China during Tianamen Square died in Nov. 2009. Both George H. Bush and Hillary Clinton came forward and hailed him as one of the US’ great diplomats of the 20th century.

About the film:

For a factual telling of the CIA´secret history in Laos, check out The Most Secret Place on Earth, a feature documentary by Marc Eberle, which talks to the protagonists of Laos civil war – on both sides. The film features interviews with State Department, CIA and Air America officials, as well as Hmong general Vang Pao and some of his critics – Fred Branfman and Professor Alfred McCoy .

Watch the trailer for the feature length documentary The Most Secret Place on Earth – The CIA´s covert war in Laos here.

Director: Marc Eberle, Screenplay: Marc Eberle/Tom Vater, Producer: www.beetz-brothers.de, Co-Production: NDR/arte/WDR

Developed within the framework of Discovery Campus Masterschool 2003 Funded by the Filmförderung HHSH, Filmstiftung NRW, MEDIA NEW TALENTS and MEDIA BROADCAST

The Most Secret Place on Earth was screened at ten international film festivals and in German cinemas early 2009 and was nominated for the Golden Panda at Sichuan intl. Film Festival, China, the History Makers’ Award, New York, the Banff World Television Award, Canada, and the North German Film Award. The film has been broadcast on European television several times and is to be broadcast in 25 countries around the world, though not yet in the US or Laos, the two countries where a screening would generate the greatest interest.

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