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  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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