Walter Pincus



Pincus, Walter. "Taking Intelligence into the 21st Century." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 27 Feb.-5 Mar. 1995, 32.

HPSCI chairman Larry Combest "is determined that his committee play a major role in reshaping U.S. intelligence for the 21st century."


Pincus, Walter. "A Tempting Site for Spies' Eyes: Recent Case Rekindles Doubts About Posting Classified Data on the Web." Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2001, A2. [http://www.]

"Former Air Force Master Sgt. Brian P. Regan's alleged attempt to sell to Libya documents he downloaded from Intelink, the U.S. intelligence community's classified Web site, has reopened long-standing doubts about putting all that secret data in one place."


Pincus, Walter. "Terrorist Dragnet 'Ran Out of Time.'" Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2001, A6. []

"Last summer, after the CIA received credible specific warnings that Osama bin Laden was planning a major attack against U.S. targets, the agency clandestinely worked with police and security services in 20 foreign countries to arrange the arrest and interrogation of 12 al Qaeda operatives. This kind of dragnet, known in intelligence terms as 'disruption,' is the prime technique employed by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to handle terrorist threats when the time, place and target remain unknown....

"The mixed success of disruption is what has intelligence officials nervous as they try to respond to new intelligence suggesting that additional terrorist attacks are imminent. Since Sept. 11, the CIA has arranged for 230 people in more than 40 countries who are suspected of being part of al Qaeda or associated terrorist networks to be jailed and questioned, according to intelligence sources. In this country, the FBI has detained about 700 individuals as part of what Justice Department officials have described as an effort to disrupt al Qaeda networks operating across the country. But current and former intelligence officials warn that even such zealous efforts are not 100 percent fail-safe."


Pincus, Walter. "Time to Rethink the CIA?" Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2012. []

"President Obama should pause before choosing a successor to CIA Director David H. Petraeus and rethink the role of the nation's primary intelligence agency.... The first question to ask: Has the CIA become too much of a paramilitary organization? The second: Should this be the time to put the agency's main emphasis on being the premier producer and analyst of intelligence for policymakers, using both open and clandestine sources?"


Pincus, Walter. "Top Spy Retiring from CIA: Downing Led Revamp of Clandestine Service." Washington Post, 29 Jul. 1999, A27. []

Jack G. Downing, retiring as Deputy Director for Operations, said in an interview that "it will take until 2005 for the agency to complete the task of rebuilding its clandestine service after years of thin budgets, rapid management turnover and low morale." He spoke "enthusiastically about the agency's future." He noted, however, that while "the agency is now in the midst of 'the largest drive to recruit new case officers in its history',... because recruits have to go through training and language schools,... 'over the next few years there still will be a paucity of trained personnel overseas.'"


Pincus, Walter. "Tracking Down the CIA's Skeletons: Heads Are Bound to Roll over the Handling of the Aldrich Ames Spying Case." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 8-14 Aug. 1994, 33-34.


Pincus, Walter. "Turner: CIA Nearly Used a Journalist in Tehran." Washington Post, 1 Mar. 1996, A15.

"Stansfield Turner, a former CIA director, [has] described the ... circumstances that led him ... to waive agency regulations that prohibited the use of American journalists ... as cover for clandestine intelligence activities. Shortly after Muslim extremists occupied the U.S. Embassy in Tehran ... on Nov. 4, 1979, an American journalist in Iran 'who had unique access' met with CIA personnel to discuss how they 'thought he could help to resolve a problem,' Turner said in an interview.

Pincus, Walter. "20 Years of Back Channels Between Intelligence Agencies." Washington Post, 21 Sep. 1999, A3. []

"For more than 20 years, the CIA and Russian intelligence agencies have had a back-channel relationship, much like the one U.S. officials are now using to reduce the number of Russian agents in this country."

[CIA/90s/99/Gen; Russia/99]

Pincus, Walter. "2 CIA Employees Killed in Ambush: Ex-Special Forces Officers Worked in Eastern Afghanistan." Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2003, A20. []

The CIA announced on 28 October 2003 that William Carlson and Christopher Glenn Mueller, "former Special Forces officers working as contract employees in counterterrorism for the CIA[,] were killed in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan" on 25 October 2003. "The two were involved in what became a six-hour firefight between Taliban rebels and U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces." See also, Douglas Jehl, "Two C.I.A. Operatives Killed in an Ambush in Afghanistan." New York Times, 29 Oct. 2003.

[CIA/00s/03/Gen; MI/Ops/Afghanistan; Terrorism/03/War]

Pincus, Walter. "Two on Panel 'Lean' Toward Backing Lake." Washington Post, 28 Feb. 1997, A10.


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