Barton Gellman

M - Z


Gellman, Barton. "Memoir Criticizes Bush 9/11 Response: President Pushed Iraq Link, Aide Says." Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2004, A1. []

Former counterterrorism coordinator Richard A. Clarke provides a "detailed portrait of the Bush administration's wartime performance" after 9/11. Clarke "served more than two years in the Bush White House after holding senior posts under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton." He resigned just over a year ago. Clarke expresses "points of disagreement with all four presidents," but "reserves by far his strongest language for George W. Bush. The president, he said, 'failed to act prior to September 11 on the threat from al Qaeda despite repeated warnings and then harvested a political windfall for taking obvious yet insufficient steps after the attacks.' The rapid shift of focus [from al Qaeda] to Saddam Hussein, Clarke writes, 'launched an unnecessary and costly war in Iraq that strengthened the fundamentalist, radical Islamic terrorist movement worldwide.'"


Gellman, Barton. "NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds." Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2013. []

Documents provided to the Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, including an internal audit dated May 2012, detail how NSA broke "privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008.... Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States.... They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls." See also, Charlie Savage, "N.S.A. Calls Violations of Privacy 'Minuscule,'" New York Times, 16 Aug. 2013.


Gellman, Barton. "Remember, You Didn't Read It Here." Washington Post, 19 Sep. 1992, A4.

Reports announcement of NRO's declassification. See also, Melissa Healy, "Secret Spy-in-the-Sky Agency Disclosed," Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 1992, A2; and Military Space, "NRO Goes Public to Fight for Budgets," 5 Oct. 1992, 2.


Gellman, Barton.

1. "Secret Unit Expands Rumsfeld's Domain: New Espionage Branch Delving Into CIA Territory." Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2005, A1. []

According to "interviews with participants and documents obtained" by the Washington Post, the U.S. Defense Department "has created a new espionage arm and is reinterpreting U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad.... Designed to operate without detection and under the defense secretary's direct control, the Strategic Support Branch deploys small teams of case officers, linguists, interrogators and technical specialists alongside newly empowered special operations forces."

2. "Some Question Background of Unit's Leader: Inexperienced Personnel Cited As a Risk to Espionage Work." Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2005, A10. []

According to "skeptics of the Pentagon's intelligence initiatives," the Army reserve officer who commands the DIA's Strategic Support Branch, Col. George Waldroup, "is controversial. His ascent to a top espionage post from a civilian career at the Immigration and Naturalization Service is a cautionary tale, according to them, about the risks of rapid expansion in the staffing and mission of clandestine units....

"The Strategic Support Branch's human intelligence 'augmentation teams' have deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq with a commando unit ... that drew the most demanding intelligence missions.... Task force members, in interviews, complained that some of Waldroup's personnel were unprepared for the assignment."

See also, Eric Schmitt, "Pentagon Sends Own Spy Units into Battlefield: Role May Encroach on Territory of CIA," New York Times, 24 Jan. 2005, A1.

[MI/00s & Humint]

Gellman, Barton. "Senior Israeli Officials Strongly Deny Reports of 'Mole' in U.S. Government." Washington Post, 8 May 1997, A20.


Gellman, Barton. "Sudan's Offer to Arrest Militant Fell Through After Saudis Said No." Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2001, A1. []

"The government of Sudan, employing a back channel direct from its president to the Central Intelligence Agency, offered in the early spring of 1996 to arrest Osama bin Laden and place him in Saudi custody, according to officials and former officials in all three countries.... Unable to persuade the Saudis to accept bin Laden, and lacking a case to indict him in U.S. courts at the time, the Clinton administration finally gave up on the capture."


Gellman, Barton. "U.S. Spied on Iraqi Military Via U.N." Washington Post, 2 Mar. 1999, A1. "There's Information-Gathering and There's Spying." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 8 Mar, 1999, 16-17.

According to government employees and documents describing the operation, U.S. "intelligence services infiltrated agents and espionage equipment for three years into United Nations arms control teams in Iraq to eavesdrop on the Iraqi military without the knowledge of the U.N. agency that it used to disguise its work."


Return to Gei-Gen