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Vint Lawrence – CIA handler of General Vang Pao dies

I somehow missed the recent passing of Vint Lawrence, CIA handler of notorious Hmong General Vang Pao in Long Cheng, Laos, in the early 60s, who threw his secret agent career away to become a political cartoonist in Washington. Read an obituary and summary of Vint’s remarkable life here. Vint Lawrence is interviewed in the […]

The Most Secret Place On Earth on YouTube

Quite regularly, I am contacted by people who try to get hold of The Most Secret Place on Earth. There’s now a German language DVD of the full 78 minute version, but most of the interest comes from English speakers.But at least the 52 minute TV version is now on youtube and you can find […]

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

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 […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth nominated for 2010 World Mountain Documentary Festival of Qinghai, China.

Marc Eberle’s The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos), co-written by Tom Vater, has been nominated for the prestigious “Jade Kunlun” Awards of the 2010 World Mountain Documentary Festival of Qinghai, China. The film has been nominated for the “Best Director” category. The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) reviewed in DOX Magazine

Marc Eberle’s The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos), co-written by Tom Vater, has been reviewed by Mark Taylor in DOX Magazine in its current Summer Edition. Here an excerpt: Eberle’s documentary takes us from this first encounter to the construction at Long Chen of a centre of industrialized death-from-above. […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth nominated for the 2010 Banff World Television Awards

Marc Eberle’s The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos), co-written by Tom Vater, has been nominated for the prestigious 2010 Banff World Television Awards.

The Most Secret Place On Earth – The CIA’s Covert War in Laos

Marc Eberle’s documentary feature The Most Secret Place On Earth – The CIA’s Covert War in Laos had its successful premiere at the Leipzig Documentary Festival in October 2007. Screenplay by Marc Eberle & Tom Vater

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