CIA agent

Moira MacTaggert during the Cuban Missile Crisis

During the 1960's, Moira MacTaggert served as a CIA agent investigating Sebastian Shaw and his group, the Hellfire Club. After infiltrating one of their clubs in Las Vegas and witnessing Emma Frost and Azazel display their powers, she attempted to warn the CIA, but was rebuffed at the apparent impossibility of her claims.

Daunted, she sought out one of the leading experts in genetic mutation, Charles Xavier; a young graduate student at Oxford. After attending his thesis presentation, she approached him celebrating in a bar and questioned him about the validity of his claims. After reading her mind about what she had seen, he agreed to help her.

She took him and his colleague Raven to brief the CIA director about mutants. At first they were met with ridicule, dismissing Xavier's attempt to demonstrate his telepathy as just a case of reading body-language, only be shocked when when Raven proved their claims when she morphed into one of the agents. However, with the backing of an agent known only as The Man in Black, MacTaggert agreed to help them stop Shaw as a liaison of sorts between Charles' team and "Division X", the government department they operated under.

Although the team retreated to Xavier's mansion after the CIA base was attacked, MacTagger accompanied them as Xavier sought to train the rest of the team in the use of their powers. MacTaggert participated in the team's mission to stop the Cuban Missile Crisis and helped bring down the Hellfire Club, although she was indirectly responsible for Charles's paralysis when she shot at Erik Lensherr after he turned against the rest of the team; a bullet she fired was deflected by Erik and hit Xavier's spine. After sharing a kiss with Charles at his mansion and christening his new team the X-Men, he erased her memory of their location so that she could not reveal it to the CIA, nor be made to tell them.[1]

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