Gust Avrakotos


Gust Avrakotos

Gust Lascaris Avrakotos (January 14, 1938December 1, 2005 [ [http://www.io.com/~jsm/nph-ap.cgi/http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi?stat=&lastname=AVRAKOTOS&nt=exact&firstname=GUST&middlename=L&ssn=&submit=Submit Gust L. Avrakotos] , Social Security Death Index] ) was a Greek-American case officer and division chief for the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Avrakotos is best known for the massive arming of Afghanistan's mujahideen in the 1980s in the Soviet war in Afghanistan under Operation Cyclone. Avrakotos's partnership with Charlie Wilson in this operation was chronicled in the book "Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History", [Crile, George, "Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History", ISBN 0-87113-854-9] and the film "Charlie Wilson's War", released December 21, 2007.

Avrakotos was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the son of a Greek American soft drink manufacturer. He briefly worked at Jones and Laughlin Steel mill in Aliquippa before graduating valedictorian from Aliquippa High School in 1955. Avrakotos attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated summa cum laude, and later attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, which is now a part of Carnegie Mellon University.

He joined the CIA after college, and his assignments included an anti-terrorist mission in Greece and duty in the CIA's Langley, Virginia, headquarters. Avrakotos retired from the CIA in 1989, then worked for TRW in Rome and for News Corp., for which he began a business intelligence newsletter, working in Rome and McLean, Virginia. He returned to the CIA as a contractor from 1997 until 2003. Avrakotos split time between homes in Virginia and Moon Township, Pennsylvania. He died of a stroke in 2005.cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/24/AR2005122400871.html
title=CIA Agent Gust L. Avrakotos Dies at Age 67
accessdate=2008-08-14
date=2005-12-25
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] Avrakotos was portrayed in the 2007 film "Charlie Wilson's War" by Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Avrakotos.Tady, Scott. " [http://www.timesonline.com/articles/2007/12/19/news/doc476884fa591a7530995480.txt CIA agent and Aliquippa native helped down the Soviets] ," "Beaver County Times", December 19, 2007]

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