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Loeb, Vernon.

1. "CIA Accused of 'Whitewash' on Pinochet: Document Release to Exclude Papers on Agency's Role in '73 Coup, Activists Told." Washington Post, 7 Oct. 1999, A28. []

"The National Archives is expected to make public on [8 October 1999] hundreds of documents from the State Department, Pentagon and CIA relating to the military rule of Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet. But activists said they have been told that the documents will not include any information about the CIA's involvement in a 1973 coup against Chilean President Salvador Allende or its support for Pinochet."

2. "CIA May Have Role in Journalist's Murder." Washington Post, 9 Oct. 1999, A15. []

An August 1976 State Department memorandum released on 8 October 1999 says: "U.S. intelligence may have played an unfortunate part in [American journalist Charles] Horman's death [in Chile in 1973]. At best, it was limited to providing or confirming information that helped motivate his murder by the [government of Chile]. At worst, U.S. intelligence was aware the [government of Chile] saw Horman in a rather serious light and U.S. officials did nothing to discourage the logical outcome of [Chilean] paranoia."

Human rights activists applauded the "release of 1,100 U.S. government documents about Chile, which were declassified in a review ordered by President Clinton in February after [Former Chilean President Augusto] Pinochet's arrest [in Great Britain]. But they accused the CIA of failing to comply fully with Clinton's order, noting that agency officials still have not released any information about the CIA's role in the coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende.

"The CIA responded [on 8 October] by releasing a 1978 letter to the Justice Department, drafted in response to a lawsuit filed by Horman's family, stating that the 'CIA had no prior knowledge of and played no role in either the death of Mr. Horman or in the events surrounding the subsequent disposition of his remains.'"


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Adventures in Venture Capital: Hill Reviewing Agency's Multimillion-Dollar In-Q-Tel Offshoot for Value." Washington Post, 3 Jun. 2001, A5. []

"Three years after the CIA began pouring millions of dollars into an unclassified venture capital fund called In-Q-Tel, Congress has convened a panel of technical experts to determine whether the initiative is worth the money in the face of emerging Internet technologies."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Blocks History's Access to Briefings." Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2001, A31. []

According to U.S. State Department records released last week, DCI "George J. Tenet has refused to allow the 'President's Daily Brief' to be declassified even for historical purposes after 25 years, arguing that an intelligence summary written specifically for the president offers a unique insight into the agency's sources and methods."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Blocks Manuscript of Former Operative." Washington Post, 24 Jun. 2000, A4. []

The CIA "is refusing to allow ... flamboyant former operative [Bob Baer] to publish portions of a manuscript about his 14-year spy career, saying numerous passages in the book contain classified information."

Baer left the CIA in 1997. Three weeks ago, he "appeared as a consultant" on CBS' "60 Minutes" and "lent credibility to the account of an Iranian defector who claimed to have ... evidence that Iran was behind the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the 1996 attack on a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia. CIA and FBI officials subsequently concluded that the defector ...was an impostor....

"In 1997, Baer was ... identified during Senate hearings [only] as 'Bob from the CIA' after he secretly told a friend on the staff of the House intelligence committee about the unusual efforts of Roger Tamraz ... to secure an audience at the Clinton White House."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Chief Met With Musharraf." Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2001, A14. []

DCI George J. Tenet arrived in Pakistan on 31 November "for meetings with Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.... The Pakistani press reported that Tenet ... [also] held talks with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Ehsanul Haq."

[CIA/00s/01/Gen; CIA/DCIs/Tenet]

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Emerges to Resolve Mideast Disputes: Out of Shadows, Agency Is Directly Involved in Israeli-Palestinian Security Talks." Washington Post, 30 Sep. 1998, A22. []

"The CIA has emerged from the shadows of diplomacy to play a unique, highly visible role in the Middle East peace process, mediating disputes between Israeli and Palestinian security forces and participating in negotiations over an elusive security agreement critical to completion of a final peace accord."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Employees Sue Agency for Unfettered Right to Legal Help." Washington Post, 14 May 1999, A31. []

"A group of current and former CIA employees has charged in a lawsuit that their secret agency routinely dissuades its own employees from obtaining counsel in the course of internal disciplinary actions and 'obstructs' those who do seek effective legal representation."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Finds No Sign Virus Was an Attack." Washington Post, 12 Oct. 1999, A2. []

According to senior CIA officials on 11 October 1999, the Agency "examined allegations that an outbreak of West Nile fever in New York might have been an act of terrorism ordered by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein but concluded that there was no evidence of a biological attack." A story in the New Yorker magazine "cited an account by Mikhael Ramadan, an Iraqi defector who says Saddam Hussein told him in 1997 that the Iraqi regime was planning to weaponize West Nile virus. Ramadan's account, excerpted from his new book, 'In the Shadow of Saddam,' first appeared in April in the London Daily Mail."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Fires Officer in Embassy Bombing." Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2000, A1. []

The CIA announced on 8 April 2000 that DCI George J. Tenet "has fired one intelligence officer and reprimanded six managers, including a senior official, for errors that led to the U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade." The disciplinary actions were taken "late last week after two internal reviews" of the bombing, and ranged "from oral warnings to letters of reprimand that impose one-year probationary periods in which the officials will not be eligible for promotions, financial awards or other forms of recognition." See also, Steven Lee Myers, "C.I.A. Fires Officer Blamed in Bombing of China Embassy," New York Times, 9 Apr. 2000.


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