Walter Pincus

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Pincus, Walter. "Cold War Footnote: CIA Obtained East Germany's Foreign Spy Files." Washington Post, 22 Nov. 1998, A2. "CIA to Germany: What Spy Files?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 30 Nov. 1998, 17.

"[T]he complete original files from East Germany's foreign spy operations, including the true identities of its thousands of agents,... are in the possession" of the CIA "and are stored at the agency's Langley headquarters.... Sources ... said the files were obtained after the fall of East Germany's communist government. They had been removed from Stasi offices in Berlin well before the Berlin Wall fell by members of the East German clandestine service....

"[R]ecords from the files were used in the espionage trial in Virginia of Theresa Marie Squillacote and Kurt Alan Stand.... In an affidavit, FBI special agent Katharine G. Alleman said she had 'inspected copies of certain HVA file records and I have been provided information concerning other HVA file records,' without noting where or from whom she obtained the records.... As one former intelligence official aware of the operation ['Operation Rosewood'] said recently, 'When the complete history of the closing days of the Cold War is written, this will be one of CIA's greatest triumphs.'"

[CIA/90s/98/Gen; Germany/East]

Pincus, Walter. "Congress to Postpone Revamping of FBI, CIA; Homeland Security Agency Becomes Legislative Focus." Washington Post, 2 Jul. 2002, A1. [http://www.]

"Congress will put off a reorganization of the FBI and CIA ... until it establishes a Department of Homeland Security, according to Bush administration and congressional sources.... The delay underscored the increasing awareness on Capitol Hill that reorganizing the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency and other intelligence bodies is an extraordinarily complex undertaking about which there is little agreement on what needs to be fixed or, indeed, whether any changes are even required."

[CIA/00s/02/Gen; FBI/00s/02; Reform/02; DHS/02]

Pincus, Walter. "Contract Let Deutch Keep Computers: Ex-CIA Chief Became Consultant to Retain Machines With Classified Data." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2000, A10. [http://www.]

"Shortly before his December 1996 retirement, then-CIA Director John M. Deutch negotiated for himself a no-fee consultant contract that enabled him to keep at his home's three agency computers on which he had stored highly classified information, according to officials familiar with a report by the CIA's inspector general."


Pincus, Walter. "Counterintelligence Czar Urged." Washington Post, 11 May 2000, A12. []

According to congressional staffers and administration officials, a panel comprised of DCI George J. Tenet, FBI Director Louis J. Freeh and recently retired deputy defense secretary John J. Hamre has "concluded that a single official should be put in charge of counterintelligence efforts throughout the government." However, they "could not agree on which department or agency should possess the 'national counterintelligence executive' and thus have primacy in the field....

"Although the full proposals, titled 'Counterintelligence for the 21st Century,' have not been made public, the principal findings and proposals were described last week by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in a report on the fiscal 2001 intelligence budget authorization bill."


Pincus, Walter. "Counterterrorism Center Awaits Presidential Action: Director and Chain of Command Are Needed by June 17." Washington Post, 3 Jun. 2005, A21. []

"The legislation that established the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) requires the organization to begin operations by June 17." However, it "is waiting for President Bush to name its director and settle whether that person will report directly to the president or go through Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte." At present, longtime CIA official John O. Brennan is serving as acting NCTC director.


Pincus, Walter. "Court to Review Spies' Right To Sue CIA Over Broken Vow." Washington Post, 29 Jun. 2004, A12. []

On 28 June 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision "that permitted an alleged husband-wife Cold War spy team to sue the CIA for allegedly breaking a promise to provide them financial and personal security for life after they carried out espionage for the United States."

[CIA/00s/04/Gen; Overviews/Legal]

Pincus, Walter. "Critics Question Panel's Study of New Measures: Report Said to Overlook Changes." Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2004, A3. []

"Active and retired intelligence and defense officials are questioning whether the Sept. 11 commission adequately considered the many changes made since the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in recommending the U.S. intelligence community be restructured."


Pincus, Walter. "Curtain Is Falling on Another Intelligence Drama: Reform Bill." Washington Post, 8 Jul. 1996, A13.


Pincus, Walter. "Defense Agency Proposes Outsourcing More Spying: Contracts Worth $1 Billion Would Set Record." Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2007, A3. []

The DIA "is preparing to pay private contractors up to $1 billion to conduct core intelligence tasks of analysis and collection over the next five years.... The proposed contracts, outlined in a recent early notice of the DIA's plans, reflect a continuing expansion of the Defense Department's intelligence-related work.... The DIA is the country's major manager and producer of foreign military intelligence, with more than 11,000 military and civilian employees worldwide and a budget of nearly $1 billion."

DIA Director Michael D. Maples [LTGEN/USA], "Consolidating Our Intelligence Contracts," Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2007, A14, calls this story "inaccurate and misleading." He states that "[t]he proposal is a consolidation of more than 30 existing contracts into a single contract vehicle that can be more effectively managed." In addition, "[c]ontrary to assertions in the article, the Defense Intelligence Agency does not outsource analysis. DIA senior analysts and leaders rigorously review all analytic products. Government managers are fully in charge of this process."


Pincus, Walter. "DNI's Strategic Plan Outlines New Missions: Counterintelligence, Cybersecurity Stressed." Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2009, A3. []

DNI Dennis C. Blair told reporters on 15 September 2009 that the new National Intelligence Strategy gives new emphasis to counterintelligence and cybersecurity. According to Adam Entous, "Secretive Spending on US Intelligence Disclosed," Reuters, 15 Sep. 2009, Blair put the overall spending level for "intelligence activities across the U.S. government and military" at $75 billion a year.


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