CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2006

Official Fired for Leaks

Materials presented in chronological order.

Johnston, David, and Scott Shane. "C.I.A. Fires Senior Officer Over Leaks." New York Times, 22 Apr. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to intelligence officials on 21 April 2006, the CIA "has dismissed a senior career officer for disclosing classified information to reporters, including material for Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Washington Post about the agency's secret overseas prisons for terror suspects.... The C.I.A. would not identify the officer, but several government officials said it was Mary O. McCarthy, a veteran intelligence analyst who until 2001 was senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, where she served under President Bill Clinton and into the Bush administration. At the time of her dismissal, Ms. McCarthy was working in the agency's inspector general's office."

See also, Dafna Linzer, "CIA Officer Is Fired for Media Leaks: The Post Was Among Outlets That Gained Classified Data," Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2006, A1.

Shane, Scott, and Mark Mazzetti. "Moves Signal Tighter Secrecy Within C.I.A." New York Times, 24 Apr. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Intelligence officials with knowledge of the investigation said on 23 April 2006 that the CIA's "crackdown on leaks ... that led to the dismissal of a veteran intelligence officer last week included a highly unusual polygraph examination for the agency's independent watchdog, Inspector General John L. Helgerson."

Mazzetti, Mark, and Scott Shane. "Fired C.I.A. Officer Denies Role in Leak." New York Times, 25 Apr. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Ty Cobb, the attorney for fired CIA official Mary O. McCarthy, said on 24 April 2006 that "his client had never been granted access to the information she was accused of leaking, referring to material used in Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Washington Post about C.I.A. prisons.... [I]ntelligence officials have said that ... Ms. McCarthy ... was dismissed for a 'pattern of conduct' and not for a single leak."

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."

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