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Pincus, Walter. "Agencies Shared Intelligence That Led to New Alert; Daily 5 p.m. Sessions Boost Cooperation." Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2004, A7. []

Pincus discusses the 5 p.m. daily counterterrorism meeting participated in by senior CIA, FBI, and military officials. Such a meeting on 29 July 2004 "set in motion plans for antiterrorism operations in the United States and overseas, ultimately leading to" the announcement on 1 August 2004 "of an elevated terrorism threat more specific than any the government had ever issued."


Pincus, Walter. "Albright Finds No Major Foreign Policy Gain in Offering Clemency to Pollard." Washington Post, 12 Jan. 1999, A2. []

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright told the White House on 11 January 1999 that she could "not cite any overwhelming foreign policy interest" that would benefit from providing clemency to Jonathan Jay Pollard.


Pincus, Walter. "Ames Fights IRS Tax Bill on Moscow Spy Pay." Washington Post, 18 Oct. 1998, A2. []

"Ames will go before a federal judge in Pennsylvania next week to fight a $404,392 bill the IRS levied against him for failure to pay income taxes on more than $1 million he received in payments from Moscow for espionage between 1989 and 1992."


Pincus, Walter. "Ames Seeks to Renegotiate 1994 Guilty Plea Over Spying for KGB." Washington Post, 15 Sep. 1999, A7. []

"Aldrich H. Ames is seeking to renegotiate his 1994 guilty plea, saying in a court filing [in U.S. District Court in Alexandria] that he agreed to a life sentence only to avert a long prison term for his wife, which would have deprived his young son of both parents....

"The latest confirmation of Ames's activities for Moscow is contained in a new book on Soviet intelligence,... based on revelations by former KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin. It says that Viktor Cherkashin, the KGB agent who handled Ames in 1985, said Ames's first delivery of information included 'the identities of two real American agents' inside the KGB station in Washington. The book also says that Ames identified more than 20 agents."


Pincus, Walter. "Atomic Lab Scientist Denies Passing Secrets: Lee Says He Is Being Made a Scapegoat." Washington Post, 2 Aug. 1999, A16. []

Wen Ho Lee told CBS' "60 Minutes" on 1 August 1999 that "he never passed nuclear secrets to the Chinese and was made a scapegoat for alleged Chinese espionage.... Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, appearing on the same program,... described Lee's downloading of classified files as 'perhaps the most massive of the security violations.'"


Pincus, Walter. "At the Heart of It All Was Money." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 9-15 May 1994, 31-32.

Report based on 90-minute interview with Ames at Alexandria, Virginia, jail on 27 April 1994.


Pincus, Walter. "Berger Defends Handling of Espionage Allegations Before Hill Panel." Washington Post, 1 Jul. 1999, A18. []

National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's testimony on 30 June 1999 before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was "unusual" in that presidential advisers "normally do not testify before committees."


Pincus, Walter. "Berlin to Get CIA Copies of 320,000 Stasi Files." Washington Post, 27 Oct. 1999, A27. []

U.S. and German officials stated on 26 October 1999 that the CIA will turn over to Germany "copies of a significant part, but not all," of the Stasi files obtained after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. According to U.S. officials, "[f]iles relating to foreigners who worked for the Stasi in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere will not be turned over."


Pincus, Walter. "Bill Would Give CIA More Power Overseas: Legislation Covers All Human Intelligence." Washington Post, 7 Jun. 2005, A4. []

Legislation proposed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the fiscal 2006 intelligence authorization bill would give the CIA "authority to coordinate all human intelligence activities overseas, including those carried out by Pentagon and FBI personnel.... In the past, the CIA has exercised similar authority in most cases, but the House panel decided to try to put that into law as a result of increased overseas operations by many government agencies, and reports that several Pentagon teams had been found operating overseas without the knowledge of CIA officials."


Pincus, Walter. "Buried Missile Labs Foil U.S. Satellites: N. Korea, Iran Among 'Intelligence Gaps.'" Washington Post, 29 Jul. 1998, A1.

According to members of a congressionally appointed, bipartisan commission, "North Korea, Iran and other countries are concealing their ballistic missile programs from U.S. spy satellites by using enormous underground laboratories and factories to build and test the weapons.... The elaborate underground construction is one factor contributing to what the ... panel described as the 'erosion' of U.S. intelligence agencies' ability to monitor weapons proliferation. The panel's unanimous report July 15 criticized U.S. 'intelligence gaps,' concluding that 'the technical means of collection now employed will not meet emerging requirements.'"


Pincus, Walter. "Bush, Helms Blow Out 50 Candles at CIA Party." Washington Post, 18 Sep. 1997, A19.


Pincus, Walter. "Bush's Intelligence Panel Gains Stature: Duties Expanding Amid Uncertainty." Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2005, A19. []

Since its creation on February 6, 2004, President Bush's Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, has been given "additional responsibilities beyond reviewing intelligence successes and failures over the past four years. For example, after the president signed the intelligence restructuring bill on Dec. 17, the panel was ordered to review how it could be implemented."


Pincus, Walter. "Changing of the Guard at the CIA: Goss's Shake-Ups Leave Some Questioning Agency's Role." Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2005, A3. []

"With the departure next month of the CIA's deputy director for intelligence, Jami A. Miscik, CIA Director Porter J. Goss will have largely completed the replacement of top agency officials that his aides had predicted to colleagues when they took control in October."


Pincus, Walter. "China May Add 100 Missiles Over 15 Years." Washington Post, 26 May 1999, A22. "Missiles May Be Added Despite Stated Policy." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 31 May 1999, 15-16.


Pincus, Walter. "China Spy Gains Overvalued, Two Former Lab Directors Say." Washington Post, 30 May 1999, A10. []

Two former heads of national nuclear labiratories, Harold M. Agnew and Johnny S. Foster, "say information allegedly stolen by China through espionage was not as valuable as portrayed" by the House select committee's report.


Pincus, Walter. "China Spy Probe Bungled, Panel Finds." Washington Post, 6 Aug. 1999, A1. []

A bipartisan report by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, issued on 5 August 1999, says that "the FBI and the Energy Department bungled the investigation of a nuclear scientist suspected of giving China secret information about the design of the W-88 warhead.... The ... report ... says the investigators failed to look into other suspects, fought among themselves over a search warrant to a computer, and made other 'compound missteps.'" See also, Jeff Gerth, "China Espionage Inquiry Was Plagued by Many Mistakes, Senate Report Says," New York Times, 6 Aug. 1999.


Pincus, Walter. "Citing Missing Tapes, U.S. Fights Bail for Lee." Washington Post, 25 Dec. 1999, A6. []

Government prosecutors told a federal judge on 23 December 1999 that Wen Ho Lee should be denied bail "because he never provided credible evidence that he destroyed seven missing computer tapes he made that contain 'classified information sufficient to build a functional thermonuclear weapon.'"


Pincus, Walter. "Clinton Approves Disclosure of Intelligence Budget Figure." Washington Post, 24 Apr. 1996, A19.


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