Bill Gertz

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Gertz, Bill. "Hayden Applauded for Military Service: CIA Leadership Seen as Crucial." Washington Times, 21 Jun. 2008. []

On 20 June 2008, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates "praised CIA Director Michael V. Hayden during his military retirement ceremony [at Bolling Air Force Base] for boosting joint [military and intelligence] efforts.... Hayden, a four-star Air Force general, will retire from the service on June 30 [2008] after 39 years but will continue as the civilian director of the CIA."


Gertz, Bill. "House Panel Urges Action on Chinese Thefts." Washington Times, 5 Feb. 1999.

The recommendations of the House Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns, chaired by Christopher Cox (R-CA), have been declassified by the White House. The full report remains secret, but "reveals how Chinese intelligence agents stole data on the neutron bomb ... from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California circa 1986."

[PostCW/90s/PRCTech; SpyCases/China/Cox]

Gertz, Bill. "Ideology Spurred Spy Suspects to Carry on After Cold War." Washington Times, 8 Oct. 1997, A3.


Gertz, Bill. "India Blasts Take U.S. Intelligence by Surprise." Washington Times, 12 May 1998. []

"U.S. intelligence agencies failed to detect any signs that India was preparing for the underground nuclear weapons blasts carried out [on 11 May 1998] and were embarrassed by New Delhi's extensive efforts to hide the tests.... The intelligence failure has heightened concerns among U.S. officials about the ability to monitor cheating on a proposed international nuclear testing ban being considered for ratification by the Senate."


Gertz, Bill. "Inside the Ring: Counterspies Hunt Russian Mole Inside National Security Agency." Washington Times, 1 Dec, 2010. []

According to a former intelligence official close to the agency, NSA "is conducting a counterintelligence probe at its ... headquarters in a ... hunt for a Russian agent.... The former official said the probe grew out of the case of 10 Russian 'illegals' ... who were uncovered last summer and sent back to Moscow.... NSA counterintelligence officials suspect that members of the illegals network were used by Russia's SVR spy agency to communicate with one or more agents inside the agency."


Gertz, Bill. "Intelligence Intransigence." Washington Times, 5 Feb. 2006. []

Intelligence officials say that there "has been opposition to restructuring and reform from bureaucrats within the DNI, CIA and FBI."

The officials said that the CIA "needs more qualified overseas intelligence officers to conduct the core mission: penetrate foreign targets such as China, Iran, North Korea and Syria." CIA Director Porter J. Goss "has focused his reform efforts on the CIA's espionage branch known as the Directorate of Operations, which was renamed the National Clandestine Service and now includes the Defense HUMINT Service and representatives of the FBI's new National Security Branch. According to intelligence officials, CIA-reform efforts have been opposed by career officers who regard the changes as political interference....

"Other officials said the CIA's espionage branch continues to be hobbled by too few trained and experienced case officers. The total number of deployed intelligence officers ... is fewer than 1,000. During the 1980s, the CIA had as many as 8,000 case officers around the world.... Also, of the deployed officers, some 200 of them have been working in Iraq for the past year or more to set up an Iraqi intelligence service, although critics of the effort said that it isn't clear that Iraq needs the service, or one modeled on the CIA.... The shortage of overseas case officers has created an overreliance on setting up liaison ties to foreign services, and in many nations, including those in South America, the CIA station is limited to one officer who relies on information from foreign intelligence."

The FBI "opposed the creation" of a National Security Branch (NSB), combining "the counterterrorism, counterintelligence and intelligence-analysis sections." NSB head Gary W. Bald said "FBI agents have accepted other mission changes through the years, although the new NSB is the latest and most significant." Bald is "a career criminal investigator with little intelligence experience.... The new NSB is working on a comprehensive intelligence-training program and has changed its method of training agents as generalists, instead making two types: specialists devoted to national security work and those who will do criminal investigative work."

Military "intelligence-gathering and counterintelligence have been frustrated by legal restrictions and conflicting missions.... [T]he Pentagon's Counterintelligence Field Activity [CIFA] ... still lacks the authority to take a direct role in the activities of the military counterintelligence units.... The DIA is focused more on process changes, which include improving information-sharing and analysis, and less on changing the structure. The DIA was singled out for criticism by the WMD commission for its handling of an Iraqi informant known as 'Curveball,' who provided bogus information to U.S. intelligence agencies that ended up reaching the highest levels of the government." DIA has improved its "system of checking the validity of sources, but continues to believe that collectors should provide as much information as possible to analysts and other intelligence officials."

[CIA/00s/06, CIA/Components/NCS; FBI/00s/06; MI/00s/06, MI/CI, MI/DIA/00s]

Gertz, Bill. "Intelligence Operation Red Star of Pelton Trial." WashingtonTimes, 2 Jun. 1986, A2.


Gertz, Bill. "Jetliner Was Not Hit by Missile, CIA Says." Washington Times, 1 Oct. 1997, A3.

Report on CIA study and graphics concerning TWA 800.


Gertz, Bill. "Lack of Spies in Baghdad Spurs CIA to Bolster Ranks." Washington Times, 18 Jun. 2003. []

According to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, "[t]he CIA lacked spies on the ground in Iraq who could detail Baghdad's weapons programs and is working to build up its ranks after years of neglect." The officials say that the CIA "is too dependent on former officials, defectors and foreign intelligence services that lack the kind of detailed knowledge that human intelligence can provide.... CIA sources on Iraq is one of the issues being examined by Congress as part of its probe into whether the CIA provided bad intelligence on Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, or whether policy-makers skewed reports to fit their goals."


Gertz, Bill. "Los Alamos Suspect Might Face Lesser Charge in Espionage Case." Washington Times, 13 Jul. 1999. Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 19-25 Jul. 1999, 7.

Wen Ho Lee may avoid espionage charges and, instead, be charged "with violations of federal laws that make it a crime to mishandle national security or atomic energy information contained in federal computers." Government officials have concluded that "the FBI mishandled the investigation early on, making a successful espionage prosecution unlikely."


Gertz, Bill. "Nominee for Envoy Bowed Out After Reports of Link to Cuba." Washington Times, 25 Jan. 1999. "Envoy Nominee Quietly Bowed Out." Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 1-7 Feb. 1999, 14.

Mari Carmen Aponte, "President Clinton's nominee for ambassador to the Dominican Republic[,] quietly withdrew last fall amid questions about a Cuban intelligence scheme to recruit her as a spy within the White House." Aponte worked "as a volunteer in the White House Personnel Office in November 1993."


Gertz, Bill. "NSA's Warning Arrived Too Late to Save the Cole." Washington Times, 25 Oct. 2000, A1.


Gertz, Bill. "Panel Finds CIA Soft on China." Washington Times, 6 Jul. 2001. [http://]

"According to U.S. government officials and outside experts close to the panel," a 12-member commission of outside experts "has concluded that CIA reporting on China is biased and slanted toward a benign view of the emerging communist power.... The commission concluded ... that China-related CIA intelligence reports and programs suffered from an 'institutional predisposition' to play down or misinterpret national security problems posed by Beijing's communist regime.... The commission was headed by retired Army Gen. John Tilelli, a former commander of U.S. forces in Korea." See also, William Safire, "The C.I.A.'s China Tilt," New York Times, 9 Jul. 2001.

[Analysis/China; CIA/00s/01/Gen]

Gertz, Bill. "Pentagon Probe Targets Deutch." Washington Times, 17 Feb. 2000.

According to defense and intelligence officials, the Pentagon has established a special panel to investigate "whether ultrasecret 'black programs' were compromised by former CIA Director John Deutch after he put details about some of the Defense Department's most sensitive activities on his home computers."


Gertz, Bill. "Pollard's Career as a Spy Proved to Be Fruitful for Israelis." Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 23-29 Nov. 1998, 13.

Gertz reviews the state of play in the Pollard case.


Gertz, Bill. "Probe Shifts Focus to Ex-CIA Counsel." Washington Times, 24 Feb. 2000.

The SSCI "is focusing on the actions of former CIA general counsel Michael O'Neil who was identified in a CIA report as withholding information from investigators and the Justice Department about activities" of former DCI John Deutch.


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