Hmm... I don't know if this story in the Guardian has quite the right slant on things... maybe we should think about the CIA as Adelson stooges?
Sheldon "Midas" Adelson has indeed had a charmed business career. As everybody knows, getting to the top in the casino business takes some heavy duty chops, both legal and extra-legal. Staying there takes even more savvy!
Now, looking at Mr. Adelson, you wouldn't necessarily think this fat old Jew would be able to hold his own in the casino racket. After all, that's a business populated from top to bottom with the toughest of the toughs and Mafiosos of all stripes...
Wanna be a big shot in global gambling? Well, you're gonna have to negotiate your place with the Sicilian Mafia, the Japanese Mafia, the Chinese Mafia, the Israeli Mafia, the Russian Mafia, and any number of international drug cartel leaders and warlords clamoring for a spot at the table.
That is one tough assignment!
So you can see where having the CIA as your enforcers would be a big help in staying at the top of the gaming game.