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How A Houston Attorney Unearthed A Conspiracy To Murder An American Spy

Michael Pullara discusses his book, The Spy Who Was Left Behind, about the murder of Freddie Woodruff.


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The Spy Who Was Left Behind Book

In 1993, a CIA branch chief named Freddie Woodruff was shot and killed in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

The official story was that a drunken Georgian soldier was responsible, and he was tried and convicted.

But Houston lawyer Michael Pullara wasn't satisfied with that version of what happened. He's a family friend of Woodruff's, and he went digging for answers in the case.

What he found was irrefutable evidence that the soldier was innocent – enough to get the man released from prison. And he uncovered an international conspiracy to murder an American spy.

CIA Agent Freddie Woodruff
CIA agent Freddie Woodruff, who was killed in 1993 in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

Pullara has written a book about his discoveries called The Spy Who Was Left Behind.

He'll sign copies at an event with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, which will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston, located at 50 Waugh Dr.

In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about his investigation.

Michael Pullara
Houston attorney Michael Pullara is the author of The Spy Who Was Left Behind, which uncovered the truth about the 1993 murder of a CIA agent.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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