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  • CIA director calls WikiLeaks 'hostile intelligence agency'

    April 13, 2017 3:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director Mike Pompeo is denouncing WikiLeaks, calling the anti-secrecy group a "hostile intelligence agency." In his first public speech since becoming director of the agency, the former Republican congressman says WikiLeaks "walks like a hostile intelligence agency and talks like a hostile intelligence agency." Last month, WikiLeaks... more »
  • Who and why, twin mysteries behind leak of CIA's cybertools

    March 12, 2017 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - WikiLeaks' release of nearly 8,000 documents that purportedly reveal secrets about the CIA's tools for breaking into computers, cellphones and even smart TVs has given rise to multiple theories about who did it and why. Investigators aren't yet saying if they know whether it was a U.S. spy... more »
  • Apple: Many flaws disclosed by WikiLeaks are already fixed

    March 8, 2017 12:37 PM

    Apple says many of the security vulnerabilities disclosed by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks have already been fixed. On Tuesday, WikiLeaks released thousands of documents that it claims show a broad program by the CIA to turn everyday gadgets such as iPhones into snooping tools by exploiting previously undisclosed software flaws.... more »
  • Pence swears in Pompeo as CIA director

    January 23, 2017 10:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo has been sworn in as the next CIA director. Vice President Mike Pence is praising Pompeo's "wealth of experience" and "character." He says Pompeo is "stepping up to lead the finest intelligence-gathering operation the world has ever seen." Pence is speaking at a swearing-in... more »
  • CIA director says Trump tweeting harms security

    January 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan says Donald Trump's "talking and tweeting" is not in the nation's interest and that the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Russia poses to the U.S. Brennan said Sunday the national security questions Trump will face after becoming president on Friday are... more »
  • Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

    December 4, 2016 12:00 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - A former CIA employee serving a 3 1/2 year-prison for leaking government secrets to a reporter is taking his case to a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Jeffrey Sterling's case Tuesday. A jury convicted the 49-year-old... more »
  • Trump taps conservative Kansas congressman for CIA

    November 18, 2016 10:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump has offered the CIA director job to Mike Pompeo, a conservative Republican congressman from Kansas who has heavily criticized the Iran deal and was a member of the congressional committee that blasted Hillary Clinton over the attack in Benghazi, Libya. Pompeo is a member of... more »
  • ICC prosecutor: US forces may have tortured in Afghanistan

    November 14, 2016 9:05 PM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International Criminal Court prosecutors say that a preliminary probe indicates that members of the United States armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan. The prosecution office said in a report issued late Monday that U.S. armed forces personnel... more »
  • CIA head warns of Russian hacking, says US must be on guard

    September 11, 2016 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan is warning that Russia has "exceptionally capable and sophisticated cybercapabilities" and that the United States must be on guard. Brennan was asked in a television interview Sunday whether Russia is trying to manipulate America's presidential election. Brennan didn't say, but he noted the FBI... more »
  • Gunman's mother believes he suffered from PTSD

    July 21, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother of the Iraq war veteran who shot and killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge says she believes her son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and that he once said he thought the CIA was following him. Gavin Long's mother, Corine Woodley, told PBS... more »
  • CIA director says unverified material in secret 9/11 pages

    May 1, 2016 3:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan says a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 contains preliminary information about possible Saudi links to the attackers that hadn't been corroborated or checked out at the time. The Obama administration may soon release part of the material. Brennan tells NBC's... more »
  • DOJ: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information

    March 3, 2015 10:41 AM

    CHARLOTTE, NC - The U.S. Department of Justice says former CIA Director David Patraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A Justice Department statement says a plea agreement has been filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Associated Press was not immediately able to... more »
  • Senate, CIA agree torture program was mismanaged

    December 24, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation. But both reports largely agree on one major failure: the CIA's mismanagement of the operation. The 525-page summary from the Senate Intelligence Committee paints... more »
  • Report: Torture leaves long-term psychological scars

    December 23, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Neuroscientists say the harsh techniques the CIA used to interrogate terrorism suspects can leave long-term psychological scars. The Senate torture report released earlier this month describes how interrogators sought to make detainees passive and powerless. They used techniques from sleep deprivation to stress positions to waterboarding to... more »
  • CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

    December 12, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan is acknowledging that agency officers did "abhorrent" things to captive terror suspects, and he says he can't prove the harsh treatment made the prisoners cooperate. But he defends the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives. That is the carefully balanced... more »
  • CIA chief uses 9/11 horrors to defend torture

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan is defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation. Breanna opened a rare news conference Thursday by recounting the horrors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his agency's... more »
  • CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

    December 11, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that history may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal prosecution worldwide. The Senate Intelligence Committee's... more »
  • Psychologist defends harsh CIA interrogations

    December 10, 2014 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - One of the two psychologists integral to designing the CIA's post-Sept. 11 program of brutal interrogations is defending the treatment of al-Qaida detainees and disputing a critical Senate report. James E. Mitchell is identified in the report by a pseudonym, Grayson Swigert. Mitchell says a secrecy agreement prevents... more »
  • 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 »

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