Adam Goldman


Goldman, Adam. "Ex-FBI Agent Who Disappeared in Iran Was on Rogue Mission for CIA." Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2013. []

Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent, who disappeared in Iran in 2007 "had been working for the CIA in what U.S. intelligence officials describe as a rogue operation that led to a major shake-up in the spy agency.... [M]onths after Levinson's abduction, e-mails and other documents surfaced that suggested he had gone to Iran at the direction of certain CIA analysts who had no authority to run operations overseas." Officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said "[t]he CIA leadership disciplined 10 employees, including three veteran analysts who were forced out of their jobs."


Goldman, Adam. "FBI Adapts to Face Terrorism Threats but Still Faces Challenges, Report Finds." Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2015. []

A report from the 9/11 Review Commission says the FBI has "come a long way, improving the sharing of information and collaborating with intelligence partners." The report, titled "The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century," adds that "the FBI has lagged behind in other key programs, such as analysis and the development of a deep roster of informants." The commission "includes former attorney general Ed Meese, former congressman Tim Roemer and Georgetown University professor Bruce Hoffman.... Other issues identified in the report ... are the recruitment of people with the necessary skills to deal with complex missions, such as cyberthreats, and hiring linguists."


Goldman, Adam. "Obama Nominates David Buckley as CIA Inspector General." Associated Press, 6 Aug. 2010. []

President Obama has nominated David B. Buckley, a senior manager for Deloitte Consulting, to be the CIA inspector general. Buckley previously "served as minority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and chief investigator for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations." The position, vacant for more than a year, requires Senate confirmation.


Goldman, Adam, and Matt Apuzzo. "AP Exclusive: Terrorist Interrogation Tapes Found." Associated Press, 18 Aug. 2010. []

The CIA has found two videotapes and one audiotape "of interrogations in a secret overseas prison of admitted 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh. Discovered in a box under a desk at the CIA," the tapes "apparently ... do not show harsh treatment." According to several current and former U.S. officials, "[t]he tapes depict Binalshibh's interrogation sessions in 2002 at a Moroccan-run facility the CIA used near Rabat."


Goldman, Adam, and Matt Apuzzo. "AP IMPACT: At CIA, Grave Mistakes, Then Promotions." Associated Press, 9 Feb. 2011. []

In the years since the 9/11 "terrorist attacks, officers who committed serious mistakes that left people wrongly imprisoned or even dead have received only minor admonishments or no punishment at all, an Associated Press investigation has revealed.... The AP investigation of the CIA's actions revealed a disciplinary system that takes years to make decisions, hands down reprimands inconsistently and is viewed inside the agency as prone to favoritism and manipulation. When people are disciplined, the punishment seems to roll downhill, sparing senior managers even when they were directly involved in operations that go awry."


Goldman, Adam, and Matt Apuzzo. "Hezbollah Unmasks US Spies; CIA Hurt in Lebanon, Scrambles to Protect 'Assets.'" Associated Press, 21 Nov. 2011. []

"The CIA's operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of U.S. spies recently, current and former U.S. officials told The Associated Press.... CIA officials have secretly been scrambling to protect their remaining spies ... before Hezbollah can find them.... Backed by Iran, Hezbollah has built a professional counterintelligence apparatus that [Hezbollah's longtime leader, Sheik Hassan] Nasrallah ... proudly describes as the 'spy combat unit.' U.S. intelligence officials believe the unit, which is considered formidable and ruthless, went operational in about 2004." See also, Greg Miller, "Hezbollah Damages CIA Spy Network in Lebanon," Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2011.

[CIA/10s/11; OtherCountries/Lebanon]

Goldman, Adam, and Matt Apuzzo. "US Sees Israel, Tight Mideast Ally, as Spy Threat." Associated Press, 28 Jul 2012. []

"Despite inarguable ties between the U.S. and its closest ally in the Middle East and despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat.... The CIA considers Israel its No. 1 counterintelligence threat in the agency's Near East Division,... according to current and former officials."


Goldman, Adam, and Karen DeYoung. "U.S. Staged Secret Operation into Syria in Failed Bid to Rescue Americans." Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2014. []

According to two senior officials authorized by the White House to speak anonymously, "U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer [other reporting places the time as on or around 4 July 2014] to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants." The hostages were not present at the targeted location.

One of the officials said the operation "was conducted by a joint force with virtually every service represented," including "special operators and aircraft both rotary and fixed-wing," with surveillance aircraft overhead. The official "said that there were a 'good number' of militant casualties at the site but that one U.S. service member received a 'minor injury when one aircraft did take some fire.'"

"Other current and former U.S. officials, who were not part of the briefing, said ... that U.S. forces landed modified, heavily armed Black Hawk helicopters flown by the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment" (SOAR), known as the "Night Stalkers."

See also, Karen DeYoung, "The Anatomy of a Failed Hostage Rescue Deep into Islamic State Territory," Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2015.

[MI/SpecOps/10s/14; Terrorism/14]

Goldman, Adam, and Ellen Nakashima. "CIA and Mossad Killed Senior Hezbollah Figure in Car Bombing." Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2015. []

"[F]ive former U.S. intelligence officials" have confirmed "U.S. involvement in the killing" of "Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah's international operations chief," in Damascus on 12 February 2008. "The United States helped build the bomb," a CIA team tracked Mughniyah's movements, and Mossad agents triggered the device remotely from Tel Aviv. "The authority to kill Mughniyah required a presidential finding by President George W. Bush.... In the leadup to the operation, U.S. intelligence officials had assured lawmakers in a classified briefing that there would be no collateral damage, former officials said."

[CA/ME/Other/Lebanon; CIA/00s/08 & 10s/15; and Israel/Other/Ops]

Goldman, Adam, and Julie Tate. "Inside the FBI's Secret Relationship with the Military's Special Operations." Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2014. []

"The FBI's transformation from a crime-fighting agency to a counterterrorism organization in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been well-documented. Less widely known has been the bureau's role in secret operations against al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other locations around the world.... [A] little-known alliance between the bureau and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) [has] allowed agents to participate in hundreds of raids in Iraq and Afghanistan." The focus here is on the bureau's Hostage and Rescue Team (HRT).

[FBI/10s/14; MI/SpecOps/10s/14]

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