Greg Miller

With Julie Tate

Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate. "Al-Qaeda's No. 2 :Leader Is Killed in Pakistan, U.S. Officials Say." Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2011. []

According to U.S. officials, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, Al-Qaeda's second in command, "was killed last week" in Waziristan, Pakistan, "by a CIA drone strike.... A Pakistani intelligence official in the North Waziristan region said four missiles had been fired in the ... drone strike, two at a vehicle and two at the guest house of a tribal leader." See also Mark Mazzetti, "C.I.A. Drone Is Said to Kill Al Qaeda's No. 2," New York Times, 27 Aug. 2011.

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

Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate. "CIA Director Faces a Quandary Over Clandestine Service Appointment." Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2013. []

This article discusses CIA Director John Brennan's dilemma on whether to promote the acting director of the National Clandestine Service to the top job. The acting director "is a veteran officer with broad support inside the agency. But she also helped run the CIA's detention and interrogation program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and signed off on the 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of prisoners being subjected to treatment critics have called torture." Brennan is using "a group of three former CIA officials to evaluate the candidates.... The group's members were identified as former senior officials John McLaughlin, Stephen Kappes and Mary Margaret Graham."

See also, Mark Mazzetti, "Officer Tied to Tapes' Destruction Moves Up C.I.A. Ladder," New York Times, 27 Mar. 2013.

[CIA/10s/13, Components/NCS; & DCIAs/Brennan]

Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate. "CIA Probes Publication Review Board over Allegations of Selective Censorship." Washington Post, 31 May 2012. []

According to U.S. officials, the CIA "has begun an internal investigation" of its Publications Review Board. The question is "whether a process designed to screen books by former employees and protect national security secrets is being used in part to censor agency critics." In other words, are some redactions politically motivated?


Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate. "CIA Report Refutes Senate Panel's Criticism of Agency's Harsh Interrogation Methods." Washington Post, 26 Jun. 2013. []

On 28 June 2013, CIA Director John Brennan is expected to deliver to the Senate Intelligence Committee "a report that challenges the findings of a Senate investigation of the agency's interrogation program, according to U.S. officials who said the response cites errors in the congressional probe and disputes its central conclusion that harsh methods used against al-Qaeda detainees failed to produce significant results."


Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate. "CIA Shifts Focus to Killing Targets." Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2011. []

"The CIA's Counterterrorism Center, which had 300 employees on the day of the [9/11] attacks, now ... [has] about 2,000 on its staff." The CTC "accounts for 10 percent of the agency's workforce, has designated officers in almost every significant overseas post and controls the CIA's expanding fleet of drones." The assault in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden "was the most high-profile example of an expanding collaboration between the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command.... The CIA's post-Sept. 11 arsenal has also included elite Afghan militias trained and led by the agency's Special Activities Division."


Miller, Greg, Julie Tate, and Barton Gellman. "Documents Reveal NSA's Extensive Involvement in Targeted Killing Program." Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2013. []

"[D]ocuments provided to The Washington Post by ... Edward Snowden confirm" that Hassan Ghul "was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal belt" in October 2012. They also reveal "the intricate collaboration between the CIA and the NSA in the drone campaign.... In the search for targets, the NSA has draped a surveillance blanket over dozens of square miles of northwest Pakistan. In Ghul's case, the agency deployed an arsenal of cyber-espionage tools, secretly seizing control of laptops, siphoning audio files and other messages, and tracking radio transmissions to determine where Ghul might 'bed down.'...

"NSA created a secret unit known as the Counter-Terrorism Mission Aligned Cell, or CT MAC, to concentrate the agency's vast resources on hard-to-find terrorism targets. The unit spent a year tracking Ghul and his courier network, tunneling into an array of systems and devices, before he was killed.... [F]ormer CIA officials said the files are an accurate reflection of the NSA's contribution to finding targets.... The officials said the agency has assigned senior analysts to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, and deployed others to work alongside CIA counterparts at almost every major U.S. embassy or military base overseas....

"NSA employees rarely ventured beyond ... the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, officials said. Surveillance operations that required placing a device or sensor near an al-Qaeda compound were handled by the CIA's Information Operations Center, which specializes in high-tech devices and 'close-in' surveillance work." Many of NSA's online attacks "rely on software implants developed by [its] Tailored Access Operations division with code-names such as UNITEDRAKE and VALIDATOR." Or it may "position[] itself unnoticed midstream between computers communicating with one another, diverting files for real-time alerts and longer-term analysis in data repositories."

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

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