CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

1997

Generally

 

Cowell, Alan. "Bonn Said to Expel U.S. Envoy Accused of Economic Spying." New York Times, 10 Mar. 1997, A6 (N).

Der Spiegel has reported that the German authorities have notified the United States that they will expel an unidentified American official, apparently a CIA officer, for trying to recruit a high-ranking Economics Ministry official with access to "high-tech" projects. See also, Steven Erlanger, "U.S. Negotiating with Germany to Avoid C.I.A. Man's Expulsion," New York Times, 12 Mar. 1997, A5 (N).

Draper, Theodore. "Is the CIA Necessary?" New York Review of Books, 14 Aug. 1997, 5.

Emerson, Tony. "The CIA Lands a Big Fish." Newsweek, 8 Sep. 1997, 54.

North Korea's Ambassador to Egypt, who defected to the United States at the end of August together with his Paris-based brother, had been working for the CIA for some time prior to his defection. See also Anthony Spaeth, "Another One Slips Away," Time, 8 Sep. 1997.

Erlanger, Steven. "C.I.A. Official Quits Nonproliferation Post." New York Times, 21 Oct. 1997, A8 (N).

Gordon C. Oehler, director of the CIA's Nonproliferation Center, has taken early retirement. He said that "he was tired of being a target for criticism in a stressful job." Oehler insisted that he was not being forced to retire. See also R. Jeffrey Smith, "Top CIA Proliferation Aide, Facing Budget Cuts, Quits," Washington Post, 22 Oct. 1997, A19.

Erlanger, Steven. "U.S. Negotiating with Germany to Avoid C.I.A. Man's Expulsion." New York Times, 12 Mar. 1997, A5 (N).

The fate of the CIA officer reported by Der Spiegel to have been expelled from Germany has not yet been decided. U.S. and German officials continue to negotiate over the broader issues that seem to be at the heart of this current division between the two allies: the role of American intelligence in Germany in the aftermath of the Cold War and intelligence sharing. For previous report, see Alan Cowell, "Bonn Said to Expel U.S. Envoy Accused of Economic Spying," New York Times, 10 Mar. 1997, A6 (N).

Gertz, Bill. "CIA Panel Gives Split View on Arctic Seismic Rumbling," Washington Times, 4 Nov. 1997, A6.

See also R. Jeffrey Smith, "U.S. Officials Acted Hastily in Nuclear Test Accusation," Washington Post, 20 Oct. 1997, A1, A6-7.

Gertz, Bill. "CIA Seeks Missile Data from [North Korean] Defector." Washington Times, 27 Aug. 1997, A1, A10.

Chang Seung-il.

Gertz, Bill. "CIA Wracked by Turnover at Top." Washington Times, 23 Mar. 1997, A4.

Gertz, Bill. "Jetliner Was Not Hit by Missile, CIA Says." Washington Times, 1 Oct. 1997, A3.

Report on CIA study and graphics concerning TWA 800.

Goodman, Melvin A. "Ending the CIA's Cold War Legacy." Foreign Policy 106 (Spring 1997): 128-143.

The author continues to beat the dull drum of how the next director needs to address the Agency's failure to predict the fall of the Soviet Union.

Jehl, Douglas. "C.I.A. to Have Role in Inquiry on Jerusalem Bombings." New York Times, 13 Aug. 1997. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to senior American officials, "Israeli and Palestinian authorities have agreed to report all they have learned about the suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market [on 30 July 1997] to a three-way panel whose American representative will be the CIA station chief in Tel Aviv."

New York Times. "[Editorial:] Intelligence Incompetence." 11 Apr. 1997, A20 (N).

The failure to identify Kamisiyah as a chemical-weapons site raises concerns about "how much reliance to put on agency estimates across the board."

Pincus, Walter. "CIA Veteran Tapped to Run Operations." Washington Post, 22 Jul. 1997, A13.

Jack G. Downing brought out of retirement to head the Directorate of Operations.

Pincus, Walter. "[House] Panel Says Battlefield Intelligence Still Late." Washington Post, 12 Jun. 1997, A21.

Rustmann, F.W., Jr. "Finding Someone to Spy on Terrorists." CIRA Newsletter 22, no. 3 (Winter 1997-1998): 23-24.

The author discusses some of the difficulties, physical and ethical, in recruiting agents to work against terrorists. (An editor's note informs that this article was previously carried by the Baltimore Sun in October 1996.)

Smith, R. Jeffrey. "Top CIA Proliferation Aide, Facing Budget Cuts, Quits." Washington Post, 22 Oct. 1997, A19.

See also Steven Erlanger, "C.I.A. Official Quits Nonproliferation Post," New York Times, 21 Oct. 1997, A8 (N).

Smith, R. Jeffrey. "U.S. Officials Acted Hastily in Nuclear Test Accusation." Washington Post, 20 Oct. 1997, A1, A6-7.

It looks as though the event in Siberia that U.S. Intelligence Community analysts initially labeled a nuclear test was actually seismic in nature. See also Bill Gertz, "CIA Panel Gives Split View on Arctic Seismic Rumbling," Washington Times, 4 Nov. 1997, A6.

Spaeth, Anthony. "Another One Slips Away." Time, 8 Sep. 1997. [http://www.time.com]

"Agents of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency provided [North Korea's Ambassador to Egypt], his wife and family with phony passports ... which they used to slip through immigration at Cairo International Airport. At exactly the same time, Jang's brother, a commercial counselor at North Korea's mission in Paris, boarded a plane in France accompanied by his family. Within hours, they were ensconced in a CIA safe house somewhere in the U.S., and the White House was informed of the success of the operation, which had been approved personally by President Clinton." See also Tony Emerson, "The CIA Lands a Big Fish," Newsweek, 8 Sep. 1997, 54.

Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. Taught Coercion to 5 Latin American Forces." New York Times, 29 Jan. 1997, A6 (N).

The CIA "taught techniques of mental torture and coercion to at least five Latin American security forces in the early 1980's,... according to documents and statements the agency made public" on 28 January 1997.

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

Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. Editors. "Tenet Selects Deputy." 26 Jul. 1997, 1807.

The newly sworn in DCI announced on 21 July 1997 that the Clinton administration had nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. John A. Gordon to be DDCI. The SSCI approved Gordon's nomination on 8 October 1997. CQWR, 11 Oct. 1997, 2497. Gordon received full Senate confirmation on 27 October 1997. CQWR, 1 Nov. 1997, 2699.

Weiner, Tim. "U.S. Official Leaves Austria After Being Caught Wiretapping." New York Times, 6 Nov. 1997, A7 (N).

An apparent CIA officer who was earlier arrested and released under claim of diplomatic status has left Austria. The Austrian newspaper Kurier says the arrest took place on 29 October 1997 after police discovered and traced a tap on the residence telephone of the first secretary of the North Korean embassy.

Weiner, Tim. "Veteran C.I.A. Official Quits, But Will Finish Investigations." New York Times, 3 Oct. 1997, A9 (N).

Fred Hitz, who has held the job since October 1990, will leave the Inspector General's job for a teaching position at Princeton University.

 

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