Greg Miller

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Miller, Greg. "Deputy Director Kappes to Leave CIA." Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2010, A3. []

CIA officials said on 14 April 2010 that CIA Deputy Director Stephen R. Kappes "will retire in May." He will be replaced by Michael J. Morell, curerently Director for Intelligence. Fran Moore will move up from the position of Deputy Director for Intelligence to replace Morell. Text of CIA Director Leon E. Panetta's "Director's Statement: Senior Leadership Changes," 14 Apr. 2010, is available at:


Miller, Greg. "DIA Sending Hundreds More Spies Overseas." Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2012. []

According to U.S. officials, the Defense Intelligence Agency "will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size.... The project is aimed at transforming" the DIA "into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units. When the expansion is complete, the DIA is expected to have as many as 1,600 'collectors' in positions around the world."


Miller, Greg. "FBI Gets a Broader Role in Coordinating Domestic Intelligence Activities." Washington Post, 19 Jun. 2012. []

"The FBI has been given an expanded role in coordinating the domestic intelligence-gathering activities of the CIA and other agencies under a plan enacted this year by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., officials said. The bureau's highest-ranking field agents now also serve as the DNI's representatives across the country."

[FBI/10s/12; CIA/10s/12]

Miller, Greg. "Hezbollah Damages CIA Spy Network in Lebanon." Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2011. []

U.S. officials said on 21 November 2011 that "[a] group of CIA informants in Lebanon were captured earlier this year by Hezbollah.... [T]he identities of as many as a half-dozen informants appear to have been betrayed by cellphone records and calling patterns, underscoring the sophistication of Hezbollah's counterintelligence efforts as well as the hazards of espionage in an age when even CIA assets can be tripped up by a data trail." See also, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, "Hezbollah Unmasks US Spies; CIA Hurt in Lebanon, Scrambles to Protect 'Assets,'" Associated Press, 21 Nov. 2011.

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

Miller, Greg. "John Rizzo: The Most Influential Career Lawyer in CIA History." Los Angeles Times, 29 Jun. 2009. []

"The acting general counsel at the CIA, Rizzo has guided generations of agency leaders on the legal contours of clandestine operations and the often-ensuing investigations. At CIA headquarters, he is known for his eye-watering wardrobe -- with ties, cuff links and suspenders colored like scoops of sherbet. His legal approach, however, always accommodated shades of gray, earning him a reputation among spies as an ally who understood the murky morality of what they do. When he retires this summer, Rizzo will go out as the most influential career lawyer in CIA history, having risen to the top of the agency's legal ranks while leaving his mark on classified programs from proxy wars in Central America to Predator strikes in Pakistan."

Clark comment: Senate questions about John Rizzo's role in the approval of the CIA's interrogation methods prevented him from formally being named CIA general counsel, although he has acted in that capacity for at least 5 years. This article says he is retiring this summer; I wish him a pleasant retirement -- for all his unconventioanality, John has served his country well.

See Joby Warrick, "Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks CIA Nominee's Withdrawal," Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2007, A11; and Joby Warrick, "Nominee Withdraws Bid for Key CIA Post," Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2007, A12.


Miller, Greg. "Justice Closes CIA Probe Without Charges." Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2012. []

"The Justice Department said [on 30 August 2012] that it would not file charges in connection with the deaths of two prisoners held in CIA custody a decade ago, closing the last active criminal investigation into the agency's treatment of prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."


Miller, Greg. "Lawmakers Seek to Stymie Plan to Shift Control of Drone Campaign from CIA to Pentagon." Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2014. []

According to U.S. officials, a measure included in the classified annex to the federal budget plan, which details funding for U.S. spy agencies, "would restrict the use of any funding to transfer unmanned aircraft or the authority to carry out drone strikes from the CIA to the Pentagon.... The provision represents an unusually direct intervention by lawmakers into the way covert operations are run, impeding an administration plan aimed at returning the CIA's focus to traditional intelligence gathering and possibly bringing more transparency to drone strikes."

[CIA/10s/14; MI/10s/14]

Miller, Greg. "Leiter to Resign as Chief of National Counterterrorism Center." Washington Post, 9 Jun. 2011. []

White House officials announced on 9 June 2011 that NCTC Director Michael E. Leiter "plans to resign next month.... Andrew M. Liepman, who was recently appointed deputy director of the NCTC, will serve as acting chief until a replacement is named."


Miller, Greg. "Muslim Cleric Aulaqi Is 1st U.S. Citizen on List of Those CIA Is Allowed to Kill." Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2010, A8. []

A U.S. official said on 6 April 2010 that Anwar al-Aulaqi "has become the first U.S. citizen added to a list of suspected terrorists the CIA is authorized to kill." The Muslim cleric, who resides in Yemen, "was previously placed on a target list maintained by the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations Command and has survived at least one strike carried out by Yemeni forces with U.S. assistance.... Because he is a U.S. citizen, adding Aulaqi to the CIA list required special approval from the White House."

[CIA/10s/Gen; Terrorism/10s/10]

Miller, Greg. "Obama's New Drone Policy Leaves Room for CIA Role." Washington Post, 25 May 2013. []

In 2009, the Obama administration decded to attack an al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen with airstrikes as it was doing in Pakistan. But the strikes "would be carried out by the U.S. military, not the CIA." Two years later, CIA drones were flying over Yemen. The reasons for the change included "errant strikes that killed the wrong people, the use of munitions that left shrapnel with U.S. military markings scattered about target sites and worries that Yemen's unstable leader might kick the Pentagon's planes out. But President Obama's decision also came down to a determination that the CIA was simply better than the Defense Department at locating and killing al-Qaeda operatives with armed drones."

[CIA/10s/13; Terrorism/10s/13]

Miller, Greg. "Pentagon Establishes Defense Clandestine Service, New Espionage Unit." Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2012. []

According to a senior defense official, the newly created Defense Clandestine Service is "aimed at expanding on the military's espionage efforts beyond war zones." The organization "would work closely with the CIA ... in an effort to bolster espionage operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge." Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is "the main force behind the changes."

[MI/10s/12, DIA/10s, MI/Humint/10s]

Miller, Greg. "Pentagon's Plans for a Spy Service to Rival the CIA Have Been Pared Back." Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2014. []

According tocurrent and former U.S. officials, Defense Department "has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost.... Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced."

[MI/10s/14, DIA/10s, & MI/Humint/10s]

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