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Beale's CIA masquerade turned from joke to jail

John Beale's masquerade as an undercover CIA operative started off as a joke. As a top official in U.S. EPA's air office, his work involved extensive travel and confidential meetings with Capitol Hill staffers and members of Congress. "People would joke about it, and I would deny it and I would laugh it off or I would say something like, well, if I told you anything, I'd have to kill you. I mean, it was a -- it was a joke," Beale told a House committee last month behind closed doors. That joke snowballed into a long-term scheme that has resulted in jail time.

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