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Loeb, Vernon, and Dan Eggen. "Hanssen Carried Secrets Between FBI, State Dept." Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2001, A1. []

Present and former State Department officials said on 28 February 2001 that "[o]ne of accused spy Robert P. Hanssen's regular duties over the past five years was to carry secret intelligence documents between the State Department and FBI headquarters."


Loeb, Vernon, and Marc Kaufman. "CIA Sent Aircraft to Rescue Slain Leader." Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2001, A8. []

U.S. officials said on 28 October 2001 that "[a]n unmanned aircraft operated by the CIA attacked a Taliban convoy [on 26 October 2001] in a desperate attempt to save guerrilla commander Abdul Haq, but the airstrike failed to keep Taliban forces from capturing and executing the Pashtun leader."

[CIA/00s/01; Terrorism/01/WTC]

Loeb, Vernon, and Brooke A. Masters. "Spy Suspect Had Deep Data Access, Ex-Associates Say." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2001, A1. []

Three of his former colleagues said on 21 February 2001 that the damage from Robert Hanssen's "alleged spy career could be particularly severe because he possessed both access to intelligence information across the government and computer skills that made him among the most technologically sophisticated officials at the FBI.... Two years after he allegedly began spying for the KGB in 1985, Hanssen served as deputy director of the FBI Intelligence Division's Soviet section, giving him full access to information about counterspy activities against the Soviet Union."


Loeb, Vernon, and John Mintz. "CIA Faces Criminal Probe in China Case: Information Given to Satellite Firm." Washington Post, 5 Dec. 1998, A1. "Did the CIA Spill the Beans to China on Space Technology?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 14 Dec. 1998, 29.

"The Justice Department has initiated a criminal probe of the CIA to determine whether the agency obstructed justice when it provided information to Hughes Electronics Corp. about the scope of an ongoing congressional investigation into the transfer of sensitive U.S. space technology to China."


Loeb, Vernon, and Steven Mufson. "CIA Analyst Raised Alert on China's Embassy." Washington Post, 24 Jun. 1999, A1. []

"A mid-level intelligence officer assigned to the CIA persistently questioned the targeting of a building that turned out to be the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia, but his concerns went unheeded inside the spy agency and at the U.S. military's European Command, a senior U.S. intelligence official said [on 23 June 1999].... The analyst's warnings are noted in a classified internal report by the CIA's inspector general, which has not been made public but has been given to some members of Congress." See also, Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger, "Analyst Questioned Target Before Chinese Embassy Bombing," New York Times, 24 Jun. 1999.


Loeb, Vernon, and Steven Mufson. "State Dept. Security Has Been Lax, Audit Finds." Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2000, A1. []

An audit by the State Department's inspector general, completed in September 1999 but kept confidential, says that department security officials "failed to sweep scores of rooms for bugging devices and repeatedly failed to account for highly classified documents." Associated Press, "CIA Helps State Dept. on Security," 17 Jan. 2000, quotes CIA spokesman Bill Harlow as stating on 17 January 2000 that the CIA "is helping the State Department safeguard its secrets and to improve security in general."


Loeb, Vernon, and Dana Priest. "Missing Soldier Rescued: U.S. Forces Remove POW From Hospital ." Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2003, A1. []

According to defense officials on 1 April 2003, "Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old private first class missing since the ambush of an Army maintenance company 10 days ago in southern Iraq, has been rescued by Special Operations forces.... CIA operatives in Iraq located Lynch in a hospital near Nasiriyah, where she was being held because of multiple wounds, officials said, and a helicopter-borne team of Navy SEALs and Army Rangers rescued her."


Loeb, Vernon, and Dana Priest. "Tenet Expresses Ire at 'Bias' of Panel Staff." Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2002, A9. []

In a letter to committee leaders, DCI George J. Tenet "has accused the staff of a special House-Senate intelligence committee of 'bias' and asked its leaders to keep their aides from poisoning the atmosphere of a public investigation into intelligence failures surrounding the Sept. 11 terror attacks." See also, Neil A. Lewis and James Risen, "C.I.A. Chief Angrily Assails Panel Staff for Notation Questioning Officer's Honesty," New York Times, 28 Sep. 2002, A10.

[CIA/DCIs/Tenet; GenPostCW/02/Congress]

Loeb, Vernon, and Susan Schmidt. "Disciplinary Action Urged for Failures Before 9/11." Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2002, A1. []

After six months of work, the House-Senate intelligence panel investigating the 11 September terrorist attacks has concluded that "[i]ntelligence and law enforcement officials whose blunders may have failed to stop terrorists from mounting the Sept. 11, 2001, strikes should be disciplined,… but decisions about punitive action should be made by the inspectors general of their individual agencies." The panel "criticizes the FBI for doing too little to 'penetrate terrorist organizations operating in the United States….'

"[T]he report also recommends that Congress and the administration consider the creation of a separate domestic spying agency because of 'the FBI's history of repeated shortcomings within its current responsibility for domestic intelligence.'" And "the report calls for the appointment of a Cabinet-level intelligence czar to oversee the government's wide array of intelligence units." See also, James Risen, "Dissent on Assigning Blame as 9/11 Panel Adopts Report," New York Times, 11 Dec. 2002.


Loeb, Vernon, and Greg Schneider. "Colorful Outsider Is Named No. 3 at the CIA." Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2001, A3. []

On 16 March 2001, "A.B. 'Buzzy' Krongard, a cigar-chomping former investment banker and martial arts enthusiast, was named" CIA executive director. "Krongard ... joined the agency three years ago as a counselor to [DCI George J.] Tenet."


Loeb, Vernon, and Roberto Suro. "FBI 'Never Came Close' to Threshold in Lee Case." Washington Post, 29 May 1999, A4. "The Suspicions Didn't Add Up to Evidence." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 7 Jun. 1999, 31.

"FBI agents seeking a warrant for their investigation of espionage suspect Wen Ho Lee were sent back for additional evidence three times by Justice Department attorneys but 'never came close' to meeting legal standards for a search or a wiretap, department officials said" on 28 May 1999.


Loeb, Vernon, and David A. Vise. "Physicist Is Indicted in Nuclear Spy Probe." Washington Post, 11 Dec. 1999, A1. []

Wen Ho Lee was arrested in New Mexico on 10 December 1999 and "charged with 59 counts of mishandling classified information and violating secrecy provisions of the Atomic Energy Act." Text of the Wen Ho Lee indictment is available at:


Loeb, Vernon, and David A. Vise. "Reno Reviews CIA Probe of Ex-Director; Comparisons With Lee Case Prompt Concern at Justice." Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2000, A21. [http://www.]

On 24 February 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno said that "she is reviewing former CIA director John M. Deutch's home computer security breaches and the CIA's failure to promptly report possible crimes by Deutch to the Justice Department." See also, James Risen, "U.S. Opens New Review of Ex-C.I.A. Chief's Case," New York Times, 25 Feb. 2000.


Loeb, Vernon, and Josh White. "CIA Reports Officer Killed in Prison Uprising." Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2001, A27. []

A statement by DCI George Tenet on 28 November 2001 acknowledged that CIA Directorate of Operations officer Johnny Micheal [note above] "Mike" Spann had been killed in an uprising by Taliban prisoners near Mazar-i-Sharif on 25 November 2001. Spann's is the first U.S. combat death in Afghanistan since the beginning of the military campaign.

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