Greg Miller

With Others

Miller, Greg, and Karen DeYoung. "Al-Qaeda Airline Bomb Plot Disrupted, U.S. Says." Washington Post, 7 May 2012. []

"The CIA and overseas intelligence partners disrupted an al-Qaeda plot to blow up civilian aircraft using an advanced explosive device designed by the terrorist network's affiliate in Yemen, U.S. officials said" on 7 May 2012. The "officials said the FBI is examining the device -- modeled on the 'underwear bomb' used in an attempt to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009 -- to determine whether airport security systems would have detected it." See also, Greg Miller, "CIA Unraveled Bomb Plot from Within," Washington Post, 8 May 2012.

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

Miller, Greg, and Karen DeYoung. "CIA to Search bin Laden Compound." Washington Post, 26 May 2011. []

According to U.S. officials, Pakistan will "allow the CIA to send a forensics team to examine the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed." The agency will "use sophisticated equipment in a search for al-Qaeda materials that may have been hidden inside walls or buried at the site." Officials said that "CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell negotiated access to the ... site during a trip to Islamabad last week," when he met with ISI head Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha. The CIA will also "examine materials that Pakistan's security forces hauled away from the compound." In turn, the CIA has asked the ISI "for assistance in analyzing some of the records that were seized and brought to a CIA document exploitation facility in Northern Virginia."

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

Miller, Greg, and Karen DeYoung. "Pakistan Threatens to Impose New Restrictions on CIA Activities." Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2011. []

According to a senior Pakistani official, at a meeting on 11 Apri 2011 with CIA Director Leon Panetta, the head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, "asked the CIA for a complete list of its employees and contractors in Pakistan and made clear that some may be asked to leave.... The Pakistanis also said that they wanted a reduction in the number of Predator strikes and more timely information about intended targets before attacks are launched."

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

Miller, Greg, and Karen DeYoung. "Secret CIA Effort in Syria Faces Large Funding Cut." Washington Post, 12 Jun. 2015. []

In a preliminary intelligence spending bill, HPSCI has voted to cut as much as 20 percent of the funds going into "a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria." U.S. officials said the move "reflects rising skepticism of the effectiveness of the agency program and the Obama administration's strategy in the Middle East." The CIA program, set up in 2013 to bolster moderate forces, represents "the United States' most direct involvement on the ground in Syria's civil war" and is reported to have "a budget approaching $1 billion a year."

[CA/10s; CIA/10s/15]

Miller, Greg, and Thomas Erdbrink. "U.S. Paid Iranian Nuclear Scientist $5 Million for Aid to CIA, Officials Say." Washington Post, 15 Jul. 2010, A1. []

According to U.S. officials, Shahram Amiri, the "Iranian nuclear scientist who claimed to have been abducted by the CIA before departing for his homeland" on 14 July 2010, "was paid more than $5 million by the agency to provide intelligence on Iran's nuclear program.... The U.S. official said the payments reflected the value of the information gleaned.... The payments are part of a clandestine CIA program referred to as the 'brain drain.' Its aim is to use incentives to induce scientists and other officials with information on Iran's nuclear program to defect."


Miller, Greg, and Adam Goldman. "Head of Pentagon Intelligence Agency Forced Out, Officials Say." Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2014. []

According to current and former U.S. officials, DIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn and his deputy, David Shedd, said on 30 April 2014 "that they will retire from those positions in the coming months, part of a leadership shake-up at an agency that is under pressure to trim budgets and shift focus after more than a decade of war."


Miller, Greg, Adam Goldman, and Julie Tate. "Senate Report on CIA Program Details Brutality, Dishonesty." Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2014. []

The 528-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's secret interrogations of terrorism suspects concludes that "harsh interrogation measures ... didn't work.... The investigation was conducted exclusively by the Senate committee's Democratic staff.... [T]he report is unlikely to lead to new sanctions or structural change. The document ... does not ... offer any formal recommendations. It steers clear of scrutinizing the involvement of the White House and Justice Department." See also Scott Shane, "Report Portrays a Broken C.I.A. Devoted to a Failed Approach," New York Times, 9 Dec. 2014.


Miller, Greg, and Sari Horwitz. "David Petraeus Resigns as CIA Director." Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2012. []

"CIA Director David H. Petraeus resigned [on 9 November 2012] and admitted to having an extramarital affair." Officials said "Michael J. Morell, who served as Petraeus's deputy at the CIA, will serve as interim director." See also, Michael D. Shear, "Petraeus Quits; Evidence of Affair Was Found by F.B.I.," New York Times, 9 Nov. 2012.

[CIA/10s/12 & DCIAs/Petraeus]

Miller, Greg, Greg Jaffe, and Karen DeYoung. "U.S. Deploying Drones in Yemen to Hunt for Al-Qaeda, Has Yet to Fire Missiles." Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2010. []

U.S. officials have described a major buildup of intelligence and lethal assets in Yemen, including "additional CIA teams and up to 100 Special Operations force trainers, and the deployment of sophisticated surveillance and electronic eavesdropping systems operated by spy services" including NSA. The officials "declined to provide details on the drones that have been deployed to Yemen, except to say that they are operated by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).... The Predators in Yemen are flown from a base outside the country that U.S. officials declined to identify. The most likely options include U.S. military installations in Djibouti and Qatar."

[GenPostCW/10; MI/Ops/10s/Gen; Terrorism/10]

Miller, Greg, and Stephanie Kirchner. "Germany Orders CIA Station Chief to Leave Over Spying Allegations." Washington Post, 10 Jul. 2014. []

On 10 July 2014, a German government spokesman confirmed the expulsion of the CIA station chief. "The move amounts to a high-profile expression of German anger over alleged CIA operations uncovered by German investigators in recent weeks, as well as continued public outrage over the exposure last year of widespread U.S. surveillance programs whose targets included Chancellor Angela Merkel."

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

Miller, Greg, Ellen Nakashima, and Karen DeYoung. "CIA Drone Strikes Will Get Pass in Counterterrorism 'Playbook,' Officials Say." Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2013. []

According to U.S. officials, "[t]he Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for the CIA’s campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan.... The document, which is expected to be submitted to President Obama for final approval within weeks, marks the culmination of a year-long effort by the White House to codify its counterterrorism policies and create a guide for lethal operations through Obama's second term."

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

Miller, Greg, and Hugh Naylor. "Al-Qaeda Says No. 2 Leader Killed by U.S. Drone Strike in Yemen.'" Washington Post, 16 Jun. 2015. []

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed on 16 June 2015 that "a CIA drone strike killed its leader," Nasir al-Wuhayshi, on 9 June 2015. A senior al-Qaeda leader in Yemen "identified Wuhayshi's deputy, Qassim al-Raimi, as the group's new leader." In 2013 al-Wuhayshi "was named al-Qaeda's overall second-in-command and apparent heir to leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.... The strike aimed at Wuhayshi served as the latest reminder that the CIA and JSOC continue to operate armed drones over Yemen."

[CIA/10s/15; Terrorism/10s/15]

Miller, Greg, and Hugh Naylor. "CIA Scales Back Presence and Operations in Yemen, Home of Potent al-Qaeda Affiliate.'" Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2015. []

According to current and former U.S. officials, the CIA "has pulled dozens of operatives, analysts and other staffers from Yemen as part of a broader extraction of roughly 200 Americans.... Among those removed were senior officers who worked closely with Yemen's intelligence and security services to target al-Qaeda operatives.... U.S. officials emphasized that not all CIA personnel were withdrawn..., saying that the agency would try to salvage an intelligence network that it had assembled in cooperation with Yemen, Saudi Arabia and other allies over the past five years."


Miller, Greg, and Philip P. Pan. "Alleged Spy Ring Seen as 'Throwback to the Cold War.'" Washington Post, 30 Jun. 2010, A7. []

"The roll-up of an alleged network of Russian spies has provided new evidence that the era of Cold War espionage never completely ended, exposing what U.S. intelligence experts described as Moscow's ongoing commitment to aggressive espionage operations, as well its fondness for spycraft techniques that haven't advanced since the KGB was dissolved."


Miller, Greg, and Joshua Partlow. "CIA Making Secret Payments to Members of Karzai Administration." Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2010. []

"The CIA is making secret payments to multiple members of President Hamid Karzai's administration, in part to maintain sources of information..., according to current and former U.S. officials. The payments are long-standing in many cases and designed to help the agency maintain a deep roster of allies within the presidential palace. Some aides function as CIA informants, but others collect stipends under more informal arrangements meant to ensure their accessibility, a U.S. official said."

[CA/Afgh; CIA/10s/10]

Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate (Washington Post).

Miller, Greg, and Joby Warrick. "CIA Preparing to Deliver Rebels Arms through Turkey and Jordan." Washington Post, 14 Jun. 2013. []

"The CIA is preparing to deliver arms to rebel groups in Syria through clandestine bases in Turkey and Jordan that were expanded over the past year in an effort to establish reliable supply routes into the country for nonlethal material, U.S. officials said.... U.S. officials involved in the planning of the new policy of increased military support ... said that the CIA has developed a clearer understanding of the composition of rebel forces.... Within the past year, the CIA also created a new office at its headquarters in Langley to oversee its expanding operational role in Syria."

[CA/10s/Gen; CIA/10s/13; OtherCountries/Syria]

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