R. Jeffrey Smith

with Others


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Michael Fletcher. "Bush Says Detainees Will Be Tried: He Confirms Existence of CIA Prisons." Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 6 September 2006, President Bush "announced the transfer of the last 14 suspected terrorists held by the CIA at secret foreign prisons to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said he wants to try them before U.S. military panels under proposed new rules he ... sent to Congress." Dana Priest, "Officials Relieved Secret Is Shared," Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2006, A17, adds that, at the CIA, the president's announcement brought a "feeling of relief" to "the very people carrying out the program."

[CIA/00s/06/Gen; Terrorism/06/Gen]

Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Michael Isikoff. "Seven Years and 10 Deaths Later, a Spy Arrest Is Made." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 28 Feb.-6 Mar. 1994, 33.


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Dafna Linzer. "Dismissed CIA Officer Denies Leak Role: Official Says Agency Is Not Asserting She Told of Secret Prisons." Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Nowhere in the CIA statement last week" was fired CIA official Mary O. McCarthy "accused of leaking information" on the existence of secret CIA-run prisons in Eastern Europe for suspected terrorists, "although some news accounts suggested that the CIA had made that claim. Though McCarthy acknowledged having contact with reporters, a senior intelligence official confirmed [on 24 April 2006] that she is not believed to have played a central role in The Post's reporting on the secret prisons."


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Thomas W. Lippman. "Join the FBI, See the World." WPNWE, 26 Aug.-1 Sep. 1996, 32.

Smith, R. Jeffrey, and David B. Ottaway. "Anti-Saddam Operation Cost CIA $100 Million." Washington Post, 15 Sep. 1996, A1, A29-30. "The CIA's Most Wanted Man: The Agency Has Spent $100 million Trying to Catch Saddam Hussein, but Has Little to Show for the Effort." WPNWE, 23-29 Sep. 1996, 14-15.

The CIA covert operation in northern Iraq began with a presidential finding signed by President George Bush in May 1991. The operation consisted essentially of "giving covert financial aid and encouragement to anyone who stood a reasonable chance of success" in toppling Saddam Hussein. President Bill Clinton's "appointees at the CIA and National Security Council ... concluded that it did not amount to much" and "proposed to cut spending for the program." The funding for the anti-Hussein effort was restored in the face of criticism from some members of Congress.


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Walter Pincus. "Director of the Central Intelligence Budget." WPNWE, 18-24 Dec. 1995, 29.

Deutch took over as DCI in May 1995, and has "sought to consolidate the management of an unruly intelligence community." He "is spending less time running the CIA than his predecessors" and more time working on community-wide budgetary issues. He has also "placed new emphasis on intelligence support to U.S. military operations."


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Walter Pincus. "Expert Panel Wants Intelligence Director to Hold More Power." Washington Post, 1 Mar. 1996, A15.

Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Walter Pincus. "Lake Makes Overt Sales Pitch for CIA Directorship." Washington Post, 2 Feb. 1997, A, 1 A10, A11. "Campaigning for Spymaster." WPNWE, 10 Feb. 1997, 29.

Lake has been making contacts with active and retired CIA officers, including nearly every former DCI, in a "carefully orchestrated campaign to transform potential skeptics around Washington into believers that Lake is the right man for the job."


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Walter Pincus. "Tenet Leaves Legacy of Big Successes, but Also Big Failures: Director's Record Has Been Mixed." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2004, A12. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

"Tenet is credited with sounding the alarm about the most critical threat to U.S. security in the post-Cold War era: Osama bin Laden and his adherents and allies. But he was unable to convince others in the administration of its urgency, and he was unable -- in time to catch the terrorists -- to forge links between intelligence agencies that would have put critical information in investigators' hands."


Smith, R. Jeffrey, Candace Rondeaux, and Joby Warrick. "2 U.S. Airstrikes Offer a Concrete Sign of Obama's Pakistan Policy." Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2009, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 23 January 2009, there were "[t]wo remote U.S. missile strikes that killed at least 20 people at suspected terrorist hideouts in northwestern Pakistan.... The separate strikes on two compounds, coming three hours apart and involving five missiles fired from Afghanistan-based Predator drone aircraft, were the first high-profile hostile military actions taken under Obama's four-day-old presidency.... At least 132 people have been killed in 38 suspected U.S. missile strikes inside Pakistan since August, all conducted by the CIA."

[CIA/00s/09; MI/Ops/Afgh]

Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Curt Suplee. "'Psychic Arms Race' Had Several Funding Channels." Washington Post, 30 Nov. 1995, A1, A13.


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Roberto Suro. "Waiting to Close the Trap: For More Than a Year, FBI Agents Patiently Built Their Case Against a CIA Officer." WPNWE, 2-8 Dec. 1996, 8-9.

This article details the FBI's investigation that led to Nicholson's arrest. Among other matters, it notes that in early 1996 the investigators sent "national security letters" to Nicholson's financial institutions, requesting a record of his transactions. These requests "can be made even without a court-ordered warrant" and prohibit the institutions from telling the person involved that they have received such a request.


Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Joby Warrick. "CIA Fights Full Release of Detainee Report: White House Urged to Maintain Secrecy." Washington Post, 17 Jun. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to intelligence officials, the CIA wants the Obama administration "to maintain the secrecy of significant portions" of the CIA inspector general's May 2004 report on the agency's interrogation program.


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