James Risen



Risen, James. "C.I.A. and F.B.I. Agree to Truce in War of Leaks vs. Counterleaks." New York Times, 14 Jun. 2002. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Officials familiar with the talks said on 13 June 2002 that "[t]op officials of the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. have quietly negotiated a cease-fire between the two agencies, which have been in a war of news leaks and finger-pointing about the intelligence failures leading to the Sept. 11 attacks."

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

Risen, James. "C.I.A. Counters Critics of Its Cold War Work." New York Times, 25 Nov. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"At the conference it co-sponsored at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, the CIA declassified 24 intelligence reports from the years 1988 to 1991 as proof that its assessments were more accurate than the critics have said. Still, the conference could not ignore the harsh truth that ... its forecasts in the late '70s and early '80s were sometimes far off....

"Douglas MacEachin, who headed the office of Soviet analysis in the '80s, acknowledged that the agency had moved too slowly to adjust its projections of military and strategic forces to reflect the worsening economic conditions.... The C.I.A. did report accurately the growing signs of an economic slowdown in the late '70s and early '80s.... By the late '80s, the C.I.A. did accurately portray the growing instability in the Soviet Union, and it did so earlier and more clearly than the critics have suggested, a review of the newly declassified intelligence reports shows."

[Analysis/Soviet/Nov99; GenPostwar/CW/End]

Risen, James. "C.I.A. Inquiry of Its Ex-Director Was Stalled at Top, Report Says." New York Times, 1 Feb. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A report by the CIA's inspector general "details a series of actions by the agency's former executive director and general counsel that it says 'had the effect of delaying a prompt and thorough investigation'" into evidence that former DCI John M. Deutch mishandled classified materials. The report asserts that current DCI George Tenet, who was previously Deutch's top deputy, "should have done more to 'forcefully ensure' that the case was properly investigated.... The report did not accuse Mr. Tenet or his aides of violating any laws in their handling of the incident. But at the inspector general's recommendation, the C.I.A. has set up a special panel to examine whether Mr. Tenet and other top officials handled the case appropriately." See also, Vernon Loeb and Walter Pincus, "CIA Is Faulted for Not Probing Deutch's Actions," Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2000, A8.


Risen, James. "C.I.A.'s Inquiry on Qaeda Aide Seen as Flawed." New York Times, 23 Sep. 2002. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Congressional investigators have concluded that the CIA "failed to adequately scutinize information it received before Sept. 11 about the growing terrorist threat posed by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a leader of Al Qaeda now believed to have been a central planner of the attacks on New York and Washington."

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

Risen, James. "C.I.A. Names Agent Killed in Fortress." New York Times, 29 Nov. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"The fact that the first American to die in combat in Afghanistan was an intelligence officer and not a uniformed soldier serves to underscore the scope of the agency's role in the war in Afghanistan. Since the military campaign began, C.I.A. officers have provided training, logistical and intelligence support to American special forces and to the anti-Taliban rebels, both in the country's northern and southern regions."


Risen, James. "C.I.A. Said to Ignore Charges of Contra Drug Dealing in '80s." New York Times, 10 Oct. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The second volume of the CIA Inspector General's report says that "the agency 'did not inform Congress of all allegations or information it received indicating that contra-related organizations or individuals were involved in drug trafficking.'"


Risen, James. "C.I.A. Veteran Retires Again, After Rebuilding Spy Operation." New York Times, 7 May 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Jack Downing, "who came out of retirement two years ago..., is stepping down as the agency's top spy.... Downing returned to help pull the agency out of its post-cold-war identity crisis. His return has parallels to the fictional return of George Smiley, the spy master who, in the novels of John le Carré, returned to save British intelligence." [Clark comment: Whew! That's laying it on pretty thick. Guess the journalist wants us to understand he once read a book.] See also, Vernon Loeb, "Key CIA Official To Step Down: Downing Heads Clandestine Service." Washington Post, 7 May 1999, A37.


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