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Pincus, Walter. "Energy's Nuclear Arms Oversight Hit: Panel Suggests Possibly Taking Complex Out of Department Hands." Washington Post, 16 Jun. 1999, A18. [http://www.]

PFIAB's report "cited ... several examples of 'substantial problems in management' that the panel said have undermined security at the Energy Department and its nuclear weapons laboratories."


Pincus, Walter. "Estimates to Undergo More Scrutiny." Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2008, A17. []

At a recent meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis said that the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) "is getting a makeover ... to improve its credibility. The estimates ... are to be subjected to special internal reviews before they are finished, during which the reliability of each source of information will be examined anew."

[Analysis/Est; DNI/08]

Pincus, Walter. "Ex-CIA Chief Backs Smaller Spy Agency: Gates Plan Would Transfer Some Intelligence and Paramilitary Operations to Pentagon." Washington Post, 10 Dec. 1994, A4.


Pincus, Walter. "Experts Cite U.S. Intelligence Gains From China Programs." Washington Post, 11 Oct. 1999, A2. []

"While a furor has arisen over Chinese spying on the United States, the federal government has been silent about the other side of the coin -- what U.S. intelligence agencies have learned during visits by Chinese scientists to U.S. weapons laboratories and trips by U.S. scientists to China's nuclear research facilities. 'We got more out of those Chinese visits than they got,' said Richard Kerr, a former deputy director of the CIA who served this year on an intelligence community panel that reviewed allegations of Chinese espionage at America's nuclear labs."


Pincus, Walter. "FBI Aided by Los Alamos Scientist's Wife: Before Spying Probe, Sylvia Lee Supplied Data on Chinese Visitors." Washington Post, 26 Apr. 1999, A4.

The FBI used Sylvia Lee, the wife of then-Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Wen Ho Lee, as an informant from 1985 to 1991. Mrs. Lee, "who worked at Los Alamos in an administrative position and helped arrange tours for visiting Chinese delegations, was used as an 'informational asset' by the FBI.... That meant she volunteered what she considered useful information about Chinese visitors but was not given assignments by the FBI, intelligence sources said."


Pincus, Walter. "FBI, CIA Proposals To Retool Called 'Business as Usual': Panel Says Plans Do Not Meet Goals." Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2005, A6. []

In a letter to President Bush dated 29 March 2005, the WMD commission "said it had reviewed the FBI's proposal to integrate and upgrade its intelligence programs, and the CIA's plan to increase by 50 percent its corps of analysts and operations officers. 'We do not believe that either response is entirely adequate,' the commission's letter said."


Pincus, Walter. "FBI Finds Leads in Files of Former East German Spy Service." Washington Post, 11 Oct. 1997, A22.


Pincus, Walter. "FBI Said to Need Intelligence Help: House Panel Chairman: Terrorism Demands 'Readjustment.'" Washington Post, 27 May 2002, A7. [http://www.]

HPSCI chairman Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-FL) said on 26 May 2002 "that he does not think the FBI is presently capable of doing the intelligence analysis work needed to head off terrorist activities within the United States."

[FBI/00s/02; Terrorism/02/Fallout]

Pincus, Walter. "FBI Spent Nearly Decade Pursuing Spy Suspects in Bid to Gain Counterintelligence." Washington Post, 3 Jul. 2010, A1. [http://www.]

According to court documents, "by mid-2006 investigators had already searched the homes of four of the couples" suspected of being agents of Russia's foreign intelligence service, "planted microphones in at least three of their residences, regularly reviewed their encrypted computer messages, and videotaped meetings where money and equipment were exchanged.... [T]he FBI has revealed enough information about the suspects to indicate that it may have gained valuable counterintelligence about Moscow's spy operations."


Pincus, Walter. "A Fly on a Foreign Wall Might Help the Bottom Line: Should the CIA Leak Intelligence to U.S. Firms?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 13-19 Mar. 1995, 32.

Quoting "present and former intelligence officials," Pincus says that the recent spying flap in France "is part of the agency's clandestine economic intelligence gathering in friendly countries that has been going on for years.... Now, though, key members of Congress [including Senators Spector of Pennsylvania and Kerrey of Nebraska] have been trying to get the CIA to share with U.S. corporations the economic and commercial intelligence it has gathered."

[CIA/90s/95-96/FrenchFlap; GenPostwar/Issues/EconIntel]

Pincus, Walter. "From the CIA, the PDB, FYI, Each A.M." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 5-11 Sep. 1994, 31.

The reporter compares President Clinton's interface with the CIA's briefers and the PDB with that of other presidents. Some difficulties with the White House are mentioned.


Pincus,Walter. "Gates May Rein In Pentagon Activities: Nominee Has Opposed Defense Department's Dominance in Intelligence Efforts." Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2006, A12. []

According to "experts inside and outside the government and on Capitol Hill," Robert M. Gates' nomination to be defense secretary "has begun to ease concerns in the intelligence community about the rapid growth of Pentagon intelligence activities." The former DCI "has a long history of opposing expansive Pentagon intelligence activities. He has voiced unease about roles being taken over by Pentagon personnel."..

[CIA/DCIs/Gates; GenPostCW/00s/06/Gen; MI/00s/06]

Pincus, Walter. "Getting Smarter About Intelligence." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 20-26 Jun. 1994, 32-33.

Pincus reports that, in the wake of the Ames furor, sentiment is building in Congress and at the White House for a broad study of the roles and missions of the major components of the U.S. intelligence community. As part of the transition from Bush to Clinton, a panel created by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace recommended that a presidential study be undertaken. Sen. John Warner has also called on the president to set up a task force to study the community. In this connection, Pincus provides this view of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board: "The PFIAB, which was formalized as an advisory and oversight panel by President John F. Kennedy after the disaster at the Bay of Pigs, has had an up-and-down history. It frequently has been used as a prestige appointment for presidential friends."

[GenPostwar/Orgs/PFIAB; Reform/90s]

Pincus, Walter. "GOP Report Questions Lake's Honesty on Iran-Bosnia Arms Testimony." Washington Post, 6 Feb. 1997, A18.


Pincus, Walter. "GOP Senators Look to Shift Spy Management From CIA." Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2005, A9. []

The Defense Department "has created a Defense Humint Management Office to coordinate increased spying activities by the Defense Intelligence Agency's human intelligence section, as well as clandestine operations by the separate services, area commanders and counterintelligence arms." The office "will be run under the supervision of Undersecretary for Intelligence Stephen A. Cambone."


Pincus, Walter. "Goss Choice Quit CIA In 1982 Under Fire." Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2004, A9. []

"[A]ccording to past and current agency officials," DCI Porter J. Goss's choice to be CIA executive director, Michael V. Kostiw, resigned under pressure from the CIA more than 20 years ago. "In late 1981, after he had been a case officer for 10 years, Kostiw was caught shoplifting in Langley, sources said." He was placed "on administrative leave for several weeks.... While on leave, Kostiw told friends he decided to resign. Agency officials at the time arranged for misdemeanor theft charges to be dropped and the police record expunged in return for his resignation and his agreement to get counseling, one former official said."


Pincus, Walter. "Goss Pick Withdraws From CIA Consideration." Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2004, A10. []

On 4 October 2004, "Michael V. Kostiw withdrew from consideration ... as CIA executive director.... CIA Director Porter J. Goss then named Kostiw his senior adviser.... Goss now must find a new nominee for the No. 3 post.... In the interim, Martin Petersen, the deputy executive director, will be acting director." See also, Douglas Jehl, "Aide Declines a Top C.I.A. Post After Questions," New York Times, 5 Oct. 2004.


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