CIA Adds Stars for Four Fallen Agents to Its Memorial

The CIA added four stars to its memorial wall Tuesday, commemorating four unnamed secret agents who were killed in the line of duty last year. According to a CIA press release, the fallen agents “can be known to the public not by their names or the circumstances of their deaths, which remain classified, but by a star.” There are now 129 stars on the memorial, representing every agent that has been killed while serving the agency since its inception in 1947. “They live on in our thoughts and prayers and remain forever among our ranks—a constant source of pride, inspiration, and strength for those of us who carry on their mission,” CIA Director Gina Haspel said at the ceremony. Family members of each agent were presented with a “marble replica of their loved one’s star,” the statement said.