Joby Warrick

With Others


Warrick, Joby, and Pamela Constable. "CIA Base Attacked in Afghanistan Supported Airstrikes against al-Qaeda, Taliban." Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2010, A1. []

"The CIA base attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan this week was at the heart of a covert program overseeing strikes by the agency's remote-controlled aircraft along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, officials familiar with the installation said" on 31 December 2009. Drone strikes are continuing, however.

[CIA/10s/10; MI/Ops/Afgh/2010]

Warrick, Joby, and Karen DeYoung. "CIA Helped India, Pakistan Share Secrets in Probe of Mumbai Siege." Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2009, A1. []

"In the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the CIA orchestrated back-channel intelligence exchanges between India and Pakistan, allowing the two former enemies to quietly share highly sensitive evidence while the Americans served as neutral arbiters, according to U.S. and foreign government sources familiar with the arrangement."

[CIA/00s/09; OtherCountries/India & Pakistan]

Warrick, Joby, and Karen DeYoung. "Obama Reverses Bush Policies on Detention and Interrogation." Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2009, A6. []

[CIA/00s/09; Terrorism/00s/09]

Warrick, Joby, and Peter Finn. "Amid Outrage Over Civilian Deaths in Pakistan, CIA Turns to Smaller Missiles." Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2010, A8. []

According to current and former officials in the United States and Pakistan, "[t]he CIA is using new, smaller missiles and advanced surveillance techniques to minimize civilian casualties in its targeted killings of suspected insurgents in Pakistan's tribal areas.... The agency, using 100-pound Hellfire missiles fired from remotely controlled Predator aircraft, once targeted militants largely in rural settings, but lighter weapons and miniature spy drones have made killings in urban areas more feasible, officials said."


Warrick, Joby, and Peter Finn. "Internal Rifts on Road to Torment: Interviews Offer More Nuanced Look at Roles of CIA Contractors, Concerns of Officials During Interrogations." Washington Post, 19 Jul. 2009. []

"[A]s the Senate intelligence committee examines the CIA's interrogation program, investigators are focusing in part on [James E.] Mitchell and John 'Bruce' Jessen, former CIA contractors who helped design and oversee Abu Zubaida's interrogation. These men have been portrayed as eager proponents of coercion." However, an account by a former U.S. official, "alongside the recollections of those familiar with events at the CIA's secret prison in Thailand, yields a more nuanced understanding of their role than has previously been available."


Warrick, Joby, and Peter Finn. "Psychologists Helped Guide Interrogations: Extent of Health Professionals' Role at CIA Prisons Draws Fresh Outrage From Ethicists." Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2009. []

The Bush administration memos released on 16 April 2009 "show a steady stream of psychologists, physicians and other health officials who both kept detainees alive and actively participated in designing the interrogation program and monitoring its implementation.... Most of the psychologists were contract employees of the CIA, according to intelligence officials familiar with the program." See also, Joby Warrick and Peter Finn, "Internal Rifts on Road to Torment: Interviews Offer More Nuanced Look at Roles of CIA Contractors, Concerns of Officials During Interrogations," Washington Post, 19 Jul. 2009.


Warrick, Joby, and Greg Miller. "Iranian Technocrats, Disillusioned with Government, Offer Wealth of Intelligence to U.S." Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2010, A1. []

According to U.S. officials, "Iran's political turmoil has prompted a growing number of the country's officials to defect or leak information to the West, creating a new flow of intelligence about its secretive nuclear program." A National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear activities "was due last fall but has been delayed at least twice amid efforts to incorporate information from sources who are still being vetted.... U.S. officials have acknowledged that an Iranian nuclear scientist [Shahram Amiri] defected to the West in June.... But sources said there ha[ve] been ... other recent defections by diplomatic and military officials, some of which have not been made public."

[CA/Iran/2010; GenPostCW/2010]

Warrick, Joby, and Greg Miller. "U.S. Intelligence Gains in Iran Seen as Boost to Confidence." Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2012. []

Surveillance from "CIA stealth drones ... has been part of what current and former U.S. officials describe as an intelligence surge that is aimed at Iran's nuclear program.... The effort has included ramped-up eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, formation of an Iran task force among satellite-imagery analysts and an expanded network of spies.... Known internally as 'Persia House,' the [CIA's] Iran Operations Division was set up in the agency's Old Headquarters Building. Over time, it swelled from several dozen analysts and officers to several hundred. The division is now headed by a veteran case officer who previously served as CIA station chief in Islamabad."

[CIA/00s/10/12; GenPostCW/10s/12]

Warrick, Joby, Joshua Partlow, and Haq Nawaz Khan. "A Psychological Blow For Pakistani Taliban: Apparent Killing of Group's Leader Expected to Disrupt Terror Operations." Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2009. []

According to U.S. and Pakistani officials familiar with the strike, a missile launched by a CIA-operated unmanned aircraft apparently killed Baitullah Mehsud, commander of the Pakistani Taliban, on 5 August 2009. He was "a central figure in a network of South Asian and international terrorist groups whose operations had become increasingly coordinated in recent months."


Warrick, Joby, and Ben Pershing. "CIA Had Program to Kill Al-Qaeda Leaders: Agency Didn't Tell Congress About Bush-Era Plan to Use Assassins." Washington Post, 14 Jul. 2009. []

According to U.S. intelligence and congressional officials on 13 July 2009, the CIA for nearly eight years ran a program authorized by the Bush administration, which proposed to deploy "teams of assassins" to kill top al-Qaeda leaders. However, the agency did not tell Congress about the program. Sources briefed on the matter said that the plan "never became fully operational." The sources confirmed that then-Vice President Cheney "had urged the CIA to delay notifying Congress" about the plan. The program "was terminated last month," but several Democrats have argued that the CIA "misled Congress by not disclosing its existence."

[CIA/00s/09; Oversight/00s]

Warrick, Joby, and Walter Pincus. "Lessons of Iraq Aided Intelligence on Iran: Officials Cite New Caution and a Surge in Spying." Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2007, A1. []

"The starkly different view of Iran's nuclear program that emerged" from a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released on 3 December 2007 "was the product of a surge in clandestine intelligence-gathering in Iran as well as radical changes in the way the intelligence community analyzes information.... Former and current intelligence officials say the new NIE reflects new analytical methods ordered by [DNI Mike] McConnell."

[Analysis/Est; GenPostCW/00s/07; OtherCountries/Iran]

Warrick, Joby, and R. Jeffrey Smith. "CIA Used Gun, Drill in Interrogation: IG Report Describes Tactics Against Alleged Cole Mastermind." Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2009. []

According to the CIA's inspector general's report on the agency's interrogation program, due to be made public on 24 August 2009, "CIA interrogators used a handgun and an electric drill to try to frighten a captured al-Qaeda commander [Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri] into giving up information,... former and current U.S. officials who have read the document said" on 21 August 2009. See also, Mark Mazzetti, "Report Provides New Details on C.I.A. Prisoner Abuse," New York Times, 23 Aug. 2009.


Warrick, Joby, et al. "FBI Agents Ill-Equipped to Predict Terror Acts." Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2001, A1. [http://www.]

The 9/11 attacks found the FBI "ill-equipped and unprepared. An agency that must track terrorists who rely heavily on technology lacks computers that can quickly access the Internet. Boxes of evidence have piled up in previous terrorist plots, but the FBI has not had translators to decipher them. It lacks Arab agents who can penetrate terrorist cells and has too few veterans who see connections among foreign suspects and far-flung sites."

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

Warrick, Joby, and Robin Wright. "Unilateral Strike Called a Model for U.S. Operations in Pakistan." Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2008, A1. []

According to U.S. officials, the missiles fired from a CIA MQ-1B Predator UAV, which killed senior al-Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi in the town of Mir Ali, involved "an unusual degree of autonomy by the CIA inside Pakistan." The officials said that the Pakistani government "was notified only as the operation was underway."

[CIA/00s/08; Terrorism/00s/08]

Return to Waro-Warz