Walter Pincus


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Pincus, Walter. "CIA, Military Spy Mission for Bosnia." Washington Post, 13 Jan. 1996, A1, A14.

[CIA/90s; MI/DHS]

Pincus, Walter. "The CIA's Mounting Problems Leave It Out in the Cold." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 25-31 Jul. 1994, 32.

In addition to budget problems and the Ames case, the CIA "is facing a barrage of allegations of wrongdoing, unprofessional conduct and sex discrimination."


Pincus, Walter. "CIA, Pentagon Seek to Avoid Overlap." Washington Post, 4 Jul. 2005, A2. []

DDNI Gen. Michael V. Hayden "told reporters last week that a classified [CIA-Pentagon] memo of understanding ... has been drafted and is awaiting the signatures" of CIA Director Goss and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. According to senior officials at both agencies, the agreement seeks "to prevent conflicts and overlap in spying, technical collection and analysis between their two organizations."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen; MI/00s/05]

Pincus, Walter. "CIA Report on 9/11 Is Complete: Inspector General's Findings Have Yet to Reach Congress." Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2005, A7. []

According to administration and congressional sources, CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson's "report on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has finally been completed ... but has yet to be sent to Capitol Hill because CIA Director Porter J. Goss is still deciding how to respond to its findings."


Pincus, Walter. "CIA Says It Cabled Key Data to White House." Washington Post, 13 Jun. 2003, A16. []

"[F]acing criticism for its failure to pass on a key piece of information that put in doubt Iraq's purported attempts to buy uranium from Niger," the CIA on 12 June 2003 said that "it sent a cable to the White House and other government agencies in March 2002 that said the claim had been denied by officials from the central African country. But Bush administration officials acknowledged that the 1 1/2-page document did not include the conclusion of a former U.S. ambassador dispatched by the CIA to Niger the month before that documents outlining a transfer of uranium to Baghdad were not authentic."


Pincus, Walter. "CIA Spies Get a New Home Base: Agency Will Set Up the National Clandestine Service." Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2005, A6. []

On 13 October 2005, intelligence officials announced establishment of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) at the CIA, replacing the Directorate of Operations. The announcement gives the CIA Director "another title, national humint manager." The NCS director "will report to Goss, but the new agency's work will be overseen" by the DNI's staff. However, officials said the DNI's office "will not get involved in setting targets or running or approving specific covert operations. The DNI's role is 'to set policy,' one official said....

"The director of the NCS will have two deputies, one to run CIA clandestine operations and the other to coordinate activities of other overseas operators. The second deputy will also set standards for training by all agencies involved in intelligence, including tradecraft and the vetting or validation of foreign agents or sources being recruited."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen; CIA/Components/DO/NCS; GenPostCW/00s/05/Gen]

Pincus, Walter. "CIA Steps Up Scope, Pace of Efforts on Terrorism." Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2001, A4. "A New Era in Cooperation: The CIA, Other Government Agencies and the Military Are Pooling Efforts to Fight Terrorism." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 15-21 Oct. 2001, 31.

Senior intelligence officials say that the "CIA has doubled the size of its counterterrorism center" since the 9/11 attacks, "adding not only more of its own analysts and operations officers but also FBI and Pentagon personnel, including members of the Army's Special Forces.... To ensure that there is a more complete exchange of information, officials from the counterterrorism center meet twice a day with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and his deputies to go over new data."

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

Pincus, Walter. "CIA Steps Up 'Scrub Down' of Agents; Agency May Weigh Rights Violations Against the Value of Information." Washington Post, 28 Jul. 1995, A25.


Pincus, Walter. "CIA to Cede President's Brief to Negroponte: White House Decision Seen as Signal to Intelligence Community on New Post." Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2005, A15. []

President Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. said on 18 February 2005 that the White House has decided that the new DNI, John D. Negroponte, "will take over from CIA Director Porter J. Goss the responsibility for producing the intelligence material given to President Bush each morning.... The President's Daily Brief (PDB) ... provides the foundation for the 30-minute national security briefing that starts Bush's day."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen; DNI/05]

Pincus, Walter. "CIA Touts Successes in Fighting Terrorism." Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2002, A29. []

DCI "George J. Tenet and other intelligence officials have been attempting to counter criticism of their failure to disrupt the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon ... by speaking more openly about successes in thwarting what the government believes were planned terrorist actions. Last year, for example, U.S. authorities stymied plots to kidnap Americans in three countries by using information from a captured senior associate of Osama bin Laden.... Attacks on U.S. facilities and personnel in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Incirlik air base in Turkey, as well as against U.S. embassies in Rome and Paris, also were disrupted."


Pincus, Walter. "CIA Turns to Boutique Operations, Covert Action Against Terrorism, Drugs, Arms." Washington Post, 14 Sep. 1997, A6.


Pincus, Walter. "CIA Veteran Tapped to Run Operations." Washington Post, 22 Jul. 1997, A13.

Jack G. Downing brought out of retirement to head the Directorate of Operations.


Pincus, Walter. "CIA Workers Ask ACLU Aid on Polygraph Issues." Washington Post, 13 Jan. 1999, A21. []

"A handful of CIA employees who believe their careers have been held up for at least a year because of questions raised by polygraph examinations have sought assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union in resolving their cases, agency and ACLU lawyers said." Washington attorney Roy W. Krieger said on 12 January 1999 that "he was told Monday by the CIA the number may be 'around 100' whose 'flubbers' have led to further questioning." [Question: Is the above "flub" a typo or does Pincus know no better?]


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