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CIA legend Lawrence 'Larry' Devlin dies at 86

Lawrence Raymond 'Larry' Devlin, a CIA station chief in Africa who said he refused a 1960 order to assassinate former Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, has died. He was 86.

world Updated: Dec 24, 2008 08:43 IST

Lawrence Raymond "Larry" Devlin, a CIA station chief in Africa who said he refused a 1960 order to assassinate former Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, has died. He was 86.

Devlin died December 6 of emphysema at his home west of Fredericksburg, Virginia, according to Found and Sons Funeral Chapels.

Devlin was the CIA station chief in the Congo when he said he received the order to assassinate Lumumba, the country's ousted prime minister, The Washington Post reported. The order came during the early days of the newly independent nation.

The CIA determined that the nation's first democratically elected prime minister had the potential to be an African Fidel Castro and must be eliminated.

Devlin, in an interview with The New York Times earlier this year, said he had no misgivings about blackmail and other Cold War tactics, which he called "all part of the game." But he said killing Lumumba would have been disastrous worldwide.

Lumumba died at the hands of his rivals in 1961. Devlin, who was born in Concord, New Hampshire, served in the US Army during World War II and was in the CIA from 1949 to 1974.