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  • Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    October 1, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. The U.S. military says... more »
  • Commanders suggest a 2nd group in Benghazi attacks

    July 10, 2014 4:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders suggests that well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, that followed the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night. The initial attack on Sept. 11, 2012, killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens... more »
  • Officials say Iraq pullout hurt US spying

    June 26, 2014 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former officials say CIA officers in Iraq have been hunkered down in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011. They say that's a big reason the U.S. was caught flat-footed by the recent offensive by a Sunni-backed, al-Qaida-inspired group... more »
  • Pakistan condemns first US drone strikes this year

    June 12, 2014 5:04 AM

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani government has condemned two strikes by American drones that have killed 13 suspected militants and marked the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday that the strikes are a violation of... more »
  • CIA keeps a tight grip on its own secrets

    April 30, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The CIA is under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report on harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, but the agency does not give up its secrets easily. The CIA officials who decide which secrets can be revealed have wrestled with Congress, archivists,... more »
  • CIA operates drone base in Saudi Arabia

    February 6, 2013 5:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - The CIA conducts lethal drone strikes against al-Qaida militants inside Yemen from a remote base in Saudi Arabia, including the strike that killed the U.S.-born al-Qaida operative Anwar al-Awlaki. The location of the base was first disclosed by The New York Times online Tuesday night. The Associated Press... more »
  • Leaker versus whistleblower

    January 24, 2013 7:44 PM

    The sentencing of a former CIA officer on Friday in Virginia may be framed on his reputation, not the crime. John Kiriakou will get 2 1/2 years for leaking the name of a covert operative in the agency to a reporter but it may come down to how he's portrayed.... more »
  • Graham calls for delay on Brennan nomination

    January 8, 2013 10:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator is calling for a delay in confirming President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director until the administration provides answers on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he has tried repeatedly to get answers on raid on the... more »
  • Obama taps homeland security aide to head CIA

    January 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has tapped White House homeland security adviser John Brennan as his nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama on Monday appeared with Brennan in the East Room of the White House to name him as his pick to succeed former CIA chief David Petraeus,... more »
  • Petraeus due at Capitol for Benghazi questioning

    November 16, 2012 9:01 AM

    WASHINGTON -Former CIA Director David Petraeus has arrived on Capitol Hill to field questions from lawmakers about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. He's testifying behind closed doors before both the House and Senate intelligence committees. Some Republicans claim the White House deliberately misled the public on... more »
  • CIA deputy: Rice got initial assessment on Libya

    November 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The deputy CIA director has told lawmakers that U.N. ambassador Susan Rice was provided with an unclassified version of what happened during the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that later proved to be incorrect. Mike Morell briefed members of the House Intelligence committee on Thursday. Emerging from... more »
  • Petraeus to testify about Libya Friday

    November 15, 2012 7:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before the House Intelligence committee Friday on events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Spokesmen for the committee say the... more »
  • Petraeus case shows FBI's authority to read email

    November 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Your emails are not nearly as private as you think. The downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus demonstrates how easy it is for federal law enforcement agents to examine emails and computer records if they believe a crime was committed. With subpoenas and warrants, the FBI and other... more »
  • CIA denies it detained militants in Benghazi

    November 12, 2012 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus' biographer and girlfriend that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack. During a talk last month at the University of Denver, author Paula Broadwell said the CIA had detained people at a secret facility... more »
  • Petraeus reportedly shocked by word of emails from Broadwell

    November 12, 2012 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Ex-CIA director David Petraeus is telling friends he was shocked to find that his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival. A close Petraeus associate says FBI investigators told Petraeus that Broadwell sent anonymous emails... more »
  • CIA director quits over extramarital affair

    November 9, 2012 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign. Obama accepted Petraeus' resignation today, saying the general has 'made our country safer and... more »
  • Iran sentences American man to death in CIA case

    January 9, 2012 7:00 AM

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state radio says a court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death. Monday's report said Amir Mirzaei Hekmati was also convicted of trying to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism. The report did not say when the... more »
  • CIA Interrogation Deaths Investigated

    June 30, 2011 7:26 PM

    The investigation of CIA interrogation tactics entered a new phase with the Justice Department saying it now includes the deaths of two men while they were in custody. Attorney General Eric Holder made that announcement on Thursday. The attorney general says he has accepted the recommendation of federal prosecutor John... more »
  • Linchpin in hunt for bin Laden back with al-Qaida

    June 15, 2011 4:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- Former and current U.S. intelligence officials say the terrorist described as the linchpin in the hunt for Osama bin Laden has rejoined al-Qaida. The Bush administration had released him from a secret CIA secret prison under pressure from Pakistan. The CIA returned al-Qaida operative Hassan Ghul to his native... more »
  • First strands on bin Laden gathered in CIA prison

    May 2, 2011 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de... more »
  • CIA Teams in Libya

    March 30, 2011 7:36 PM

    The CIA has small teams in Libya but their precise role is unclear according to a former U.S. Intelligence officer and the Associated Press. What is known, officers assisted in the rescue of one of the two U.S. crew members when an F-15 went down due to mechanical problems. Intelligence... more »
  • Former CIA Spy plans to Plead Guilty

    November 4, 2010 8:00 PM

    The highest-ranking CIA spy ever convicted of espionage is expected to plead guilty to additional charges that he tried to collect money from old contacts in Russia while he was in prison. Lawyers for Harold "Jim" Nicholson filed notice in federal court in Portland, Oregon that he will plead to... more »
  • Taliban leader capture confirmed by White House

    February 17, 2010 1:38 PM

    The White House confirms the capture of Afghan's Taliban leader in Pakistan. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested earlier this month in a joint operation by CIA and Pakistani security. He is being interrogated, but the results of the questioning are not being released. White House press secretary, Robert... more »

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