Tim Weiner

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Weiner, Tim. "The Dark Secret of the Black Budget." Washington Monthly 19, no. 4 (1997): 31-35.


Weiner, Tim. Enemies: A History of the FBI. New York: Random House, 2012.

Drogin, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2012, says that the author "eviscerates the FBI in a sweeping narrative that is all the more entertaining because it is so redolent with screw-ups and scandals.... [T]his is a mordant counter-history.... Presumably the FBI has done some useful things over the years, but they get short shrift here." However, "Weiner doesn't buy the Hoover rumors," and even "offers grudging respect for the astute cunning and iron will of a man he calls 'an American Machiavelli.'"

For Temple-Raston, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2012, "[w]hat makes 'Enemies' so compelling is that it draws heavily on previously unavailable intelligence files.... Weiner brings together the files, oral histories and newly discovered notes in Hoover's own fountain-pen handwriting to reveal the FBI director in the moment, as events were unfolding. The combination provides new insight into Hoover and what motivated him."

Peake, Studies 56.3 (Sep. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), finds that "there is little new in the book, and there are some discrepancies and omissions," including "many familiar and important cases," and "many known successes are overlooked entirely.... Enemies is well written, however, with good documentation and a definite point of view."

To West, IJI&C 26.3 (Fall 2013), there is much that is wrong in the author's presentation. For example, Weiner's "version of the objectives of German espionage in the United States [prior to World War I] is strangely skewed"; the little that he mentions about the FBI in World War II "is dubious"; his grasp of the VENONA project "is quite flawed"; his "account of a meeting between [Percy] Sillitoe and Hoover ... is entirely imaginary"; and he tends to "bend[] the presented facts to suit the story, no matter that the two do not fit."


Weiner, Tim. "Ex-Director of C.I.A. Disappears While Canoeing on Choppy River." New York Times, 30 Apr. 1996, A1, A12 (N).


Weiner, Tim. "F.B.I. Helped Chile Search for Leftists, Files Show." New York Times, 10 Feb. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"The FBI tried to track suspected associates of Chilean leftists in the United States in the 1970s on behalf of the government of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator, newly declassified documents show."


Weiner, Tim. "For First Time, U.S. Discloses Spying Budget." New York Times, 16 Oct. 1997, A17 (N).

"[T]he Central Intelligence Agency disclosed [on 15 October 1997] how much money the United States spends annually for intelligence: $26.6 billion." In actuality, "the figure was one of the C.I.A.'s worst-kept secrets."


Weiner, Tim. "Guatemalan Agent of C.I.A. Tied to Killing of American." New York Times, 22 Mar. 1995, A1.


Weiner, Tim. "A Guatemala Officer and the C.I.A." New York Times, 26 Mar. 1995, A6.


Weiner, Tim. "Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950." New York Times, 23 Dec. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to a collection of cold-war documents declassified on 21 December 2007, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover "had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty. Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began." The names of the individuals to be arrested "were part of an index that Hoover had been compiling for years. 'The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven per cent are citizens of the United States,' he wrote."

[FBI/00s/07 & DomSec/Misc; GenPostwar/50s/Korea]

Weiner, Tim. "House Panel Says C.I.A. Lacks Expertise to Carry Out Its Duties." New York Times, 19 Jun. 1997, A20.


Weiner, Tim. "How Right Is Report? Caveats by Experts." New York Times, 26 May 1999.

"Almost everyone in the Government agrees that Chinese spies stole nuclear secrets from American weapons laboratories. All concur that security at the labs was lax. But the Cox report's conclusions -- classified and unclassified -- do not all dovetail with those of the American intelligence community.... The Cox committee emphasizes espionage as the main source of China's ill-gotten nuclear knowledge. But assessing which part of China's nuclear know-how came from espionage is like trying to unscramble an egg, intelligence officials say: it also came from scientific conferences and publications, declassified documents, unauthorized leaks and Chinese expertise."


Weiner, Tim. "In Search of the C.I.A.'s Bad Apples: As Inspector General, Fred Hitz's Job Is to Spy on the Spies." New York Times, 30 Jul. 1995, 12 (N).

The CIA's Inspector General gets everything "from espionage misconduct to expense-account fudging." With DCI Deutch's arrival, "Hitz was the only senior official who kept his job." Cases mentioned include Ames, Guatemala, and Janine Brookner. Quotes by Hitz include a seemingly gratuitous slam at IG's office before his arrival. Weiner gives the number of IG "investigators" as 123.


Weiner, Tim. "In Tapes, Nixon Talks of Plans for Foreign Embassy Break-Ins." New York Times, 26 Feb. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"Newly released transcripts of secretly recorded White House tapes show President Richard M. Nixon ... twice discuss[ing] authorizing break-ins at foreign embassies.... In May 1973,... he told his legal aide, J. Fred Buzhardt, 'When we get down, for example, to the break-in, the Chilean Embassy -- that thing was a part of the burglars' plan, as a cover . . . [ellipses in original] a CIA cover.'

"The transcript appears to refer to a break-in at the Chilean Embassy in Washington by Nixon's secret White House team, known as the plumbers. That team conducted the June 1972 burglary at Democratic Party offices in the Watergate complex.... A break-in at the Chilean Embassy in Washington on May 13, 1972, was reported to Washington police. No link was made to the White House at the time, and none has been made since." See also George Lardner, Jr., and Walter Pincus, "Watergate Burglars Broke Into Chilean Embassy as Cover, Tapes Show," Washington Post, 26 Feb. 1997, A9.


Weiner, Tim. "Intelligence Chief Steps Up to Play a Key Mideast Role." New York Times, 23 Oct. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"[T]his week [DCI George J.] Tenet has been center stage, pressing the Israelis and Palestinians to make peace. Their talks have been hanging on a crucial question. Can he create a measure of trust and cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian spy services? It is a role that he has played since 1996, shuttling in secret to Jerusalem and the West Bank."


Weiner, Tim. "Iraqi Offensive into Kurdish Zone Disrupts U.S. Plot to Oust Hussein." New York Times, 7 Sep. 1996, A1, A4 (N).

Saddam Hussein moves against the Kurdish opposition groups in northern Iraq.


Weiner, Tim. "Kennedy-C.I.A. Plot Returns to Haunt Clinton." New York Times, 30 Oct. 1994.

When President Clinton prepared to nominate the executive director of the American Institute for Free Labor Development, William C. Doherty, Jr., as Ambassador to Guyana, he discovered that Doherty had been part of the CIA covert action in British Guiana in the early 1960s that replaced Cheddi Jagan with Forbes Burnham. Jagan returned to power in 1992, and derailed Doherty's nomination.


Weiner, Tim. "Lake Is Alive But Only Just[;] Pure Politics with C.I.A." New York Times, 11 Mar. 1997, A12 (N).


Weiner, Tim. "Leaders in Senate Demand F.B.I. Files on C.I.A. Nominee; Confirmation in Limbo." New York Times, 28 Feb. 1997, A1, A12 (N).

SSCI Chairman Richard Shelby has demanded that the administration turn over to the Senate the raw data in the FBI files on Anthony Lake. He says that without the files there will be no hearings.


Weiner, Tim. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. New York: Doubleday, 2007.

Click for a selection from the extensive reviews generated by this controversial work by the veteran New York Times correspondent. The CIA haters see the book as Pultizer Prize material; the knowledgeable see it as fiction with a nonfiction cover story.

Weiner, Tim. "A Lone Front-Runner Emerges for C.I.A." New York Times, 19 Mar. 1997, A13 (N).

DDCI and Acting DCI (since December 1996) George Tenet seems to be in line to be tapped for the DCI nomination vacated by Anthony Lake, if only because the administration believes that he can be confirmed.


Weiner, Tim. "A Long Legacy of Frustration at C.I.A. Helm." New York Times, 7 May 2006, A1, A18.

"When Porter J. Goss resigned ... as director of the C.I.A., he found himself in good company. In one way or another, the job of C.I.A. chief has confounded nearly every man who has held it. With few exceptions, each of the previous 18 directors of central intelligence has resigned in frustration, been given his walking papers by the president or been pressured out.... Running the 'intelligence community,' a chimerical construct now made up of 16 agencies and more than 100,000 people, proved almost impossible."


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