Walter Pincus

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Pincus, Walter, and Dana Milbank. "In Valedictory, Tenet Defends CIA From Past, Present Critics." Washington Post, 9 Jul. 2004, A7. []

On 8 July 2004, "[a] day before the release of a searing congressional report about intelligence failures in Iraq, departing Director George J. Tenet told CIA employees not to be distracted by the criticism. In a rousing valedictory ... before cheering colleagues and friends at CIA headquarters, Tenet defended the embattled organization he has run for seven years."


Pincus, Walter, and Dana Milbank. "Kay Backs Outside Probe of Iraq Data: Ex-Inspector Again Says Forbidden Arms Probably Didn't Exist." Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2004, A1. [http://www.]

David Kay, the former head of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), told the Senate Armed Services Committee on 28 January 2004 "that there should be an independent investigation into the flawed intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons capability.... Kay repeated his previous assertions that stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction probably did not exist in Iraq."


Pincus, Walter, and Greg Miller. "Federal Budget 2013: Intelligence Agencies Would Get 4.4 Percent Less." Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2012. []

"President Obama's proposed fiscal 2013 budget contains $52.6 billion to fund the National Intelligence Program.... This is less than the $55 billion sought last year but closer to the amount approved for fiscal 2012 by Congress.... The proposed budget freezes the number of employees within the intelligence community and reduces the number of contractors."


Pincus, Walter, and Dan Morgan. "Congress Supports Doubling Special Operations Funding." Washington Post, 5 Jun. 2003, A31. []

The House and Senate "have authorized a doubling of spending" for Fiscal Year 2002 "for new equipment and high-tech gadgetry" for U.S. Special Operations forces. At the same time, "a key Senate committee ... has raised questions about the Pentagon's oversight" of one of Special Operations Command's "highest-priority projects: development of a tiny submarine designed to carry Navy SEALs close to enemy beaches and to gather intelligence in hostile waters.... Final decisions await a House-Senate conference on the bill and subsequent action by the two chambers' Appropriations committees."


Pincus, Walter, and Thomas E. Ricks. "CIA Fails in Bid to Kill Afghan Rebel With a Missile." Washington Post, 10 May 2002, A24. []

According to administration sources, "[t]he CIA fired a missile from an unmanned Predator aircraft over Afghanistan" on 8 May 2002 "in an unsuccessful attempt to kill [Gulbuddin Hekmatyar,] a factional leader who has vowed to attack U.S. service personnel and oust the interim Afghan government."

[CIA/00s/02/Gen; Terrorism/02]

Pincus, Walter, and Thomas E. Ricks. "Focus Shifts From Military Police to Intelligence." Washington Post, 11 May 2004, A15. []

On 11 May 2004, "[a] Senate hearing on the ... Iraq prison abuse scandal will swing the spotlight ... from the military police who committed the alleged offenses to the military intelligence community that oversaw them. In making that shift, senators said, they are likely to begin asking about the multiple chains of command that have blurred lines of responsibility in the U.S. effort in Iraq." According to a report by Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, a November 2003 order put the Abu Ghraib prison effectively under the control of military intelligence.


Pincus, Walter, and R. Jeffrey Smith. "Official's Key Report on Iraq Is Faulted: 'Dubious' Intelligence Fueled Push for War." Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2007, A1. []

According to a report by the Pentagon's inspector general, the "[i]ntelligence provided by former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq included 'reporting of dubious quality or reliability' that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community."

[MI/00s/07; MI/Ops/Iraq/07]

Pincus, Walter, and R. Jeffrey Smith. "A Real Spy Thriller." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 21-27 Nov. 1994, 32.

"The Republican election victory is likely to slow the Clinton administration's planned reductions in intelligence spending and may also help keep embattled CIA Director R. James Woolsey in office a while longer."

[CIA/DCIs/Woolsey; GenPostCW/90s/Gen]

Pincus, Walter, and Roberto Suro. "CIA Director Is Quiet on Technology Transfer." Washington Post, 5 Jun. 1998, A4. []

On 4 June 1998, "CIA Director George J. Tenet refused ... to discuss with the Senate Intelligence Committee a secret report about an unauthorized U.S. transfer of information [by aroespace company Loral] to Chinese missile officials, citing a last-minute request by Attorney General Janet Reno to reserve comment on the case." Reno later withdrew the objection, clearing the way for the CIA to release the report to the Senate committee.


Pincus, Walter, and Roberto Suro. "Rooting Out the 'Sour Apples' Inside the CIA: The Latest Arrest Calls into Question the Effectiveness of Reforms after the Ames Embarrassment." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 25 Nov.-1 Dec. 1996, 30.

"Nicholson operated as a Russian spy for at least a year and a half before counterintelligence investigators formally opened a probe of his activities... The failure of the post-Ames reforms to deter Nicholson may mean that there are still spies to be caught."


Pincus, Walter, and Pierre Thomas. "Citing NSC Meetings and Lake's Finances, Shelby Again Delays Hearings." Washington Post, 12 Feb. 1997, A18.

See also, Tim Weiner, "Another Delay in Senate Hearings Over Nominee for Head of C.I.A.," New York Times, 12 Feb. 1997, A1, A14 (N); and Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, "Shelby Again Delays Hearing on Lake Nomination," 15 Feb. 1997, 440.


Pincus, Walter, and Pierre Thomas. "A Tug-of-War Over Handling Counterspies." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 4-10 Apr. 1994, 34.

"[A] behind-the-scenes battle [is going on] between the CIA and FBI over which agency will run future counterintelligence investigations.... [T]he Senate intelligence committee has drafted a bill to change the way such counterintelligence investigations are conducted.... CIA Director R. James Woolsey has complained about the FBI provision to intelligence committee members and to President Clinton's national security adviser, Anthony Lake."


Pincus, Walter, R. Jeffrey Smith, and Pierre Thomas. "The Spy Who Slipped Through the Cracks." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 14-20 Mar. 1994, 31.

Reviews known details of the Ames case, with particular emphasis on the failure of the CIA and FBI to cooperate in the earlier stages of the case.


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