Felix Leiter is a senior operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Leiter was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His German-American father, Jeffrey Leiter, was a private investigator and former U.S. Marine Corps military policeman; while his African-American mother, Jacqueline Leiter (née Lord), was an elementary school teacher. After high school, Leiter began attending Rice University. He graduated from Rice with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.
While at Rice, Leiter decided to become an intelligence officer. Upon graduating from The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, he went on to the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. There, Leiter was trained as a human source intelligence officer. Afterwards, he was assigned as a platoon commander to the 1st Intelligence Battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Leiter was later elevated to the position of counterintelligence and human intelligence company executive officer. After that, he served a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the human intelligence exploitation team leader.
Leiter left the U.S. Marine Corps after four years of service. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he was hired by a private security firm as an inside sales representative while he simultaneously sought employment with the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon successfully completing the entire CIA application process, Leiter was accepted as a clandestine service trainee. He then quit his job at the security firm. After an orientation period, Leiter was sent to the CIA Special Training Center - "The Farm," Camp Peary for intensive operational training. There, he went through the Basic Operations Course, which trained him in so-called "operational intelligence" or "tradecraft" espionage skills. Because of his military experience, Leiter excelled through training.
After completing the Clandestine Service Trainee Program, he was given official cover status; that is he is an operations officer with an innocuous government cover that gives him diplomatic protection abroad if ever caught in an act of espionage. Leiter's cover is that of a political officer with the United States Foreign Service. His first assignment was in the CIA station at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Three years later, Leiter was assigned to the CIA station at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. Two years after that, he was assigned to the CIA station at the U.S. Embassy in Brasília, Brazil.
Leiter was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Station to the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia two years later. Following his two-year assignment as a Deputy Chief of Station, he returned to the United States and served as a tradecraft instructor at the Special Training Center for two years. Following that, Leiter served as a Latin America Division senior targeting officer for a year. He was then involved in a special assignment in Montenegro to capture a terrorist-affiliated private banker. Afterwards, he became the Chief of Station of the CIA Station at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. A little while later, Leiter was promoted to Chief of the South America Section of the Latin America Division.
- This character appears in the James Bond franchise.