Walter Pincus


Pincus, Walter. "Hanssen Gave Away Identity of One of U.S.'s Top Sources." Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2001, A6. []

Robert P. Hanssen has reportedly "told government debriefers that in his first round of espionage for Moscow 22 years ago, he gave away the identity" of Russian army general Dimitri Polyakov (codenamed "Top Hat"), "one America's best intelligence sources inside the Soviet military." Although Hanssen said he betrayed Polyakov in 1979, the KGB did not arrest Polyakov until 1986. "Until Hanssen's disclosure, it was believed that Polyakov was one of more than a dozen U.S. agents first betrayed to the KGB by CIA turncoat Aldrich H. Ames, who was arrested in 1994. See also, Damian Whitworth, "FBI Traitor Reveals Identity of Agent," Times (London), 4 Oct. 2001.


Pincus, Walter. "Hayden's Hands-On Style Changes Tone at CIA: Director Seeks to Improve Flow of Information, Restore Agency's Sense of Confidence and Mission." Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2006, A14. []

DCIA Gen. Michael V. Hayden "recently sat for an interview..., along with his top three deputies. While the officials declined to talk about the specifics..., they outlined the practices Hayden is using to make his mark on the agency." DNI John Negroponte handles the morning Oval Office briefing of President Bush. Hayden attends that briefing "about once a week" to represent the CIA and talk "about activities beyond the intelligence analysis inside the PDB." The DNI's "office controls what goes into the PDB and contributions come from all parts of the intelligence community," but CIA analysts still write "a major part" and handle "the editing and production of the report."

[CIA/00s/06/Gen & DCIs/DCIAs/Hayden]

Pincus, Walter. "Hayden Works to Absorb New Hires at CIA." Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2007, A9. []

Appearing on C-SPAN's "Q&A" on 15 April 2007, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said "his biggest challenge is absorbing all the newly hired analysts and the case officers who have been hired since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.... Although the employment figure is classified, senior intelligence officials say the number is about 15,000."

[CIA/00s/07; CIA/DCIs/Hayden]

Pincus, Walter. "Hearings on Goss Will Open Next Month; 2 Leaders Doubt Hill Can Reform Intelligence Soon." Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2004, A21. []

SSCI chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said on 11 August 2004 that "confirmation hearings on the nomination of Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) as CIA director will be held the first week in September." However, Roberts joined House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) "in questioning whether Congress will move to overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies before the November election."


Pincus, Walter. "A Highflier, but Still Mired in the Cold War" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 15-21 Aug. 1994, 34.

Pincus, Walter. "High-Tech Balloon to Help Forces Keep Watch." Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2009. [http://www.]

According to U.S. and Afghan military officials, "[a] state-of-the-art observation balloon with round-the-clock video and sound surveillance capability has been installed several thousand feet above Kabul." The aerostat "has a full-motion video camera that can pan 360 degrees and provide nonstop, instant surveillance.... Aerostats have been used since 2004 at forward operating bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most have crews of five working in 12-hour shifts.... More than a dozen aerostats were used in Iraq to provide permanent surveillance over towns and cities, including Baghdad, and there are plans to install additional units in Afghanistan for better coverage of its cities and towns."

[MI/Ops/00s/Afgh & Iraq/09; Recon/Balloons]

Pincus, Walter. "Hill Report on Chinese Spying Faulted: Five Experts Cite Errors, 'Unwarranted' Conclusions by Cox Panel." Washington Post, 15 Dec. 1999, A16. [http://www.]

The report of the House select committee chaired by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA) "contained significant factual errors, 'inflammatory' language and 'unwarranted' conclusions, according to a point-by-point rebuttal to be issued [on 15 December 1999] by five experts at Stanford University." The analysis was coordinated by Michael M. May, co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and a former director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

"The panel's expert on Chinese governance and policy was Alastair Iain Johnston, a Harvard professor who is a visiting scholar at Stanford. The nuclear weapons section of its report was by Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky, former director of the Stanford High Energy Physics Laboratory; the Chinese arms control section was by Marco Di Capua, a Lawrence Livermore physicist who served at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 1993 to 1997; and the section on China's acquisition of U.S. missile technology was by Lewis R. Franklin, a career intelligence expert on Sino-Soviet missile and space research who is a visiting scholar at Stanford."


Pincus, Walter. "House Approves Intelligence Measure: Bill Would Not Limit Negroponte's Authority." Washington Post, 22 Jun. 2005, A6. []

In approving the fiscal 2006 intelligence authorization bill on 21 June 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives eliminated language that would have limited the authority of DNI John D. Negroponte to transfer employees in intelligence agencies to new duties. "The amount of funding provided ... is classified but is estimated to be $42 billion."

[DNI/05; GenPostCW/00s/05; GenPostwar/Budgets/05]

Pincus, Walter. "House Panel Approves a Record $48 Billion for Spy Agencies." Washington Post, 4 May 2007, A7. []

On 30 April 2007, "[t]he House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ... authorized U.S. intelligence agencies to spend an estimated $48 billion in fiscal 2008, the largest amount ever included in an intelligence bill, thanks to inclusion of funding efforts associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.... In the past two years, Congress has failed to pass an intelligence authorization bill."


Pincus, Walter. "House Panel Suggests Revamping Intelligence." Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2001, A11. []

In a report on the fiscal 2002 intelligence authorization bill, HPSCI "has suggested in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks that a 'fresh look' be taken at restructuring the CIA and the rest of the U.S. intelligence community, including establishment of a separate clandestine service devoted to human intelligence."

[GenPostwar/00s/01; Terrorism/01/WTC]

Pincus, Walter. "House, Senate Intelligence Panels Set Joint Sept. 11 Probe."Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2002, A18. []

On 14 February 2002, "[t]he leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees ... announced a joint investigation" into the 9/11 attacks.

[GenPostCW/00s/02/Cong; Reform/00s/02; Terrorism/02/WTC]

Pincus, Walter. "House Votes Billions for Intelligence." Washington Post, 26 Jul. 2002, A11. []

The House of Representatives on 24 July 2002 "passed the fiscal 2003 intelligence authorization bill containing an estimated $35 billion to fund spending next year" for the U.S. intelligence community. This is "a multibillion-dollar increase in intelligence spending.... While the exact numbers are classified, the CIA's share is $4 billion to $5 billion, according to sources. The Pentagon's electronic and imagery satellite collection agencies and the military will get more than $28 billion."


Pincus, Walter. "Hung Out to Dry with the Dirty Linen?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 16-22 Sep. 1991, 33.

The two CIA officers, James L. Adkins and Joseph Fernandez, forced to leave the agency in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair "believe they were made scapegoats for more senior agency officials who wanted to protect their own careers."

[CIA/80s; GenPostwar/80s/Iran-Contra]

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