Tim Weiner


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Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Admits Failing to Sift Tainted Data." New York Times, 1 Nov. 1995, A1, C19 (N).

The CIA admitted on 31 October 1995 "that it knowingly gave the White House and the Pentagon information on the Soviet Union from foreign agents it knew or strongly suspected were controlled by Moscow.... The agency thought it more important to protect its suspect Soviet sources than to tell the nation's leaders the truth, members of the [congressional intelligence] committees said.... The devastating conclusion was the latest chapter ... in the case of Aldrich Ames."

[CIA/90s/93-94/Ames Fallout]

Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Bares Own Bungling in Bay of Pigs Report." New York Times, 22 Feb. 1998 [http://www.nytimes.com].

The CIA's internal report on the Bay of Pigs operation, written by Inspector General Lyman Kirkpatrick, is harshly critical of the Agency in its management of the abortive invasion of Castro's Cuba.

The paper also carries excerpts from the report, which states that: "The agency committed at least four extremely serious mistakes in planning:

"a. Failure to subject the project, especially in its latter frenzied stages, to a cold and objective appraisal by the best operating talent available, particularly by those not involved in the operation, such as the Chief of Operations and the chiefs of the Senior Staffs. Had this been done, the two following mistakes (b and c, below) might have been avoided.

"b. Failure to advise the president, at an appropriate time, that success had become dubious and to recommend that the operation be therefore canceled and that the problem of unseating Castro be restudied.

"c. Failure to recognize that the project had become overt and that the military effort had become too large to be handled by the agency alone.

"d. Failure to reduce successive project plans to formal papers and to leave copies of them with the president and his advisers and to request specific written approval and confirmation thereof."


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Breaks Links to Agents Abroad." New York Times, 3 Mar. 1997, A1, A12 (N).

The CIA has "scrubbed" its stable of foreign agents "of people whose crimes outweighed their usefulness" and of those whose information was not of sufficient quality to justify retaining them after the Cold War. The number of agents let go may be as high as 1,000, which is "somewhere between one-quarter and one-third of all the agents on the C.I.A.'s payroll in 1995." See also the New York Times editorial, "The C.I.A. Cleanses Itself," 4 Mar. 1997, A14.


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Charges Dismissed Spy Yielded Secrets." New York Times, 4 Apr. 1998, A1, A9.


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Chief Backs Secrecy, in Spending and Spying, to Senate." New York Times, 23 Feb. 1996, A6(N).

Deutch told the SSCI on 22 February 1996 that the intelligence budget might be made public if the Presidential commission recommends it. He also reiterated the existing policy of waiving the 1977 prohibition against using journalist cover in extraordinary circumstances.


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Chief Punishes Aide in State Department." New York Times, 6 Dec. 1996, A12 (N).

DCI John Deutch has revoked the security clearance of State Department official John Nuccio. Two years ago, Nuccio informed Representative Robert Torricelli of a link between the CIA and a Guatemalan colonel accused of involvement in human rights violations in Guatemala.


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Confirms Blunders During Economic Spying on France." New York Times, 13 Mar. 1996, A8 (N).

A classified report by the CIA's Inspector General has concluded that Paris Station blundered in its espionage effort directed against French trade negotiations and economic targets. The IG report faults Paris Station Chief Dick Holm for not keeping the Ambassador fully informed and for allowing an affair between a Nonofficial Cover officer and her French lover to continue. Europe Division Chief Joe DeTrani "has been placed in administrative limbo."


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A.-Democratic Link Still Under Scrutiny." New York Times, 21 Mar. 1997, A11 (N).

CIA investigators have found that the agency's profile of Roger Tamraz did not include the publicly known information about an embezzlement charge against him in Lebanon. William Lofgren, the CIA officer who wrote the profile, has resigned from the agency and now works as a consultant for Tamraz. The question remains unsettled as to whether there were improper contacts between the CIA and the Democratic National Committee.


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Director Admits to Failure in Disclosing Links to Guatemala." New York Times, 6 Apr. 1995, A1, A6 (N).

At an SSCI hearing on 5 April 1995, Acting DCI Adm. William O. Studeman said that the CIA "should have told Congress three years ago that it had information implicating a Guatemalan colonel on its payroll in the killing of an American citizen."


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Drafts Covert Plan to Topple Hussein." New York Times, 26 Feb. 1998, A11 (N).

The CIA has put together a draft plan for "a major program of sabotage and subversion" against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The plan has not yet been presented for approval to the President, some of whose advisers are skeptical that Hussein can be ousted by covert action. Nonetheless, there have been calls from senior members of Congress to destabilize the Hussein regime.


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. to Examine Possible Links of Agency to Democratic Party." New York Times, 18 Mar. 1997, A1, A13 (N).

The CIA's Inspector General will investigate allegations of improper contact between the CIA and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). At the center of the controversy is Roger Tamraz, "a major campaign contributor who has done favors for the C.I.A."


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Faces Issue of Economic Spying." New York Times, 23 Feb. 1995, A4 (N).

Discussion within context of brouhaha with French over expulsion of CIA officers engaged in economic espionage in France.


Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Is Teaching Tricks of the Trade to the Palestinians." New York Times, 5 Mar. 1998, A1, A9 (N).

"With Israel's knowledge, C.I.A. counter-terrorism and covert-operations officers have been instructing senior and mid-level Palestinian security officials" in information-gathering, interrogation, and "other techniques of the trade." In the mid-to-late 1970s, the CIA had established ties with the PLO, only to have them broken when Ali Hassan Salemah was killed in 1979 and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut was bombed in 1983.

[CIA/90s/98/ME; OtherCountries/Arab/Palestinians]

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