CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2012

January - June

Materials presented in chronological order.

Savage, Charlie. "Ex-C.I.A. Officer Charged in Information Leak." New York Times, 23 Jan. 2012. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 23 January 2012, the Justice Department charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou "with disclosing classified information to journalists." In its criminal complaint, the FBI accused Kiriakou "of disclosing the identity of a C.I.A. analyst who worked on a 2002 operation that located and interrogated Abu Zubaydah." The complaint accuses Kiriakou "of being a source for a June 2008 front-page [New York] Times article, written by reporter Scott Shane. It identified a C.I.A. employee, Deuce Martinez, who played a major role [in the] interrogation of Abu Zubaydah ... and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed." Kiriakou "was released on a $250,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia."

See also Greg Miller, "Former CIA Officer Charged in Leaks Case," Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2012; and Yochi J. Dreazen, "CIA Indictment Highlights Murky Ties Between Reporters and Intel Officials," National Journal, 23 Jan. 2012.

Horwitz, Sari, and Jerry Markon. "Holder Says CIA Prison Probe Winding Down." Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In testimony before a House committee on 2 February 2012, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that the "investigation into the deaths of two detainees in CIA custody ... 'has run its course. We are at a point where we are about to close those investigations.'... Prosecutors often use such terminology to describe investigations that are not expected to yield charges."

Miller, Greg. "CIA Digs in as Americans Withdraw from Iraq, Afghanistan." Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The CIA is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the departure of conventional U.S. troops as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S. interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said."

Miller, Greg. "At CIA, a Convert to Islam Leads the Terrorism Hunt." Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The focus here is on "Roger," "chief of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center for the past six years" and "principal architect of the CIA's drone campaign and the leader of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In many ways, he has also been the driving force of the Obama administration's embrace of targeted killing as a centerpiece of its counterterrorism efforts.... His defenders don't even try to make him sound likable. Instead, they emphasize his operational talents, encyclopedic understanding of the enemy and tireless work ethic."

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

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."

Associated Press. "Judge Rules against CIA Whistle-blower Who Wrote Book without Agency’s Permission." 20 Apr. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 19 April 2012, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, VA, ruled that a former CIA officer whose book, The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture, was published in July 2008 under the pseudonym "Ishmael Jones" "will have to forfeit any future money he earns" from the book. The judge "also barred Jones from publishing anything in the future without the CIA's blessing."

Miller, Greg. "White House Approves Broader Yemen Drone Campaign." Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, "[t]he United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known." The decision will allow the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) "to fire on targets based solely on their intelligence 'signatures' -- patterns of behavior that are detected through signals intercepts, human sources and aerial surveillance, and that indicate the presence of an important operative or a plot against U.S. interests."

Leiby, Richard, and Karen DeYoung. "U.S. Drone Strikes Resume in Pakistan; Action May Complicate Vital Negotiations." Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 29 April 2012, "CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan ... for the first time in a month." The strikes "killed four al-Qaeda-linked fighters in a girls' school they had taken over in the North Waziristan tribal area, security officials there said." In a statement, Pakistan "called the attacks illegal and 'violative of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.'"

Miller, Greg. "Brennan Speech Is First Obama Acknowledgment of Use of Armed Drones." Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington on 30 April 2012, "White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan offered the most extensive outline yet" of the use of targeted drone strikes against terrorism suspects. Brennan "reiterated the case made by administration lawyers over the past year that the drone program is consistent with international and U.S. law. But he went further in describing the process by which the administration makes decisions on whom it will seek to kill."

Miller, Greg, and Karen DeYoung. "Al-Qaeda Airline Bomb Plot Disrupted, U.S. Says." Washington Post, 7 May 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The CIA and overseas intelligence partners disrupted an al-Qaeda plot to blow up civilian aircraft using an advanced explosive device designed by the terrorist network's affiliate in Yemen, U.S. officials said" on 7 May 2012. The "officials said the FBI is examining the device -- modeled on the 'underwear bomb' used in an attempt to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009 -- to determine whether airport security systems would have detected it." See also, Greg Miller, "CIA Unraveled Bomb Plot from Within," Washington Post, 8 May 2012.

Shane, Scott, and Eric Schmitt. "Rare Double Agent Disrupted Bombing Plot, U.S. Says." New York Times, 8 May 2012.[http://www.nytimes.com]

"The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission, American and foreign officials said" 8 May 2012.

Yost, Peter. "Judge Rules CIA Volume on Cuban Invasion Can Remain under Wraps." Associated Press, 11 May 2012. [http://www.ap.org]

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler has ruled that the fifth volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, entitled the 'CIA's Internal Investigations of the Bay of Pigs Operations,' "can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product." The CIA argued that the volume "represented a proposal by a subordinate member of the history staff that was rejected by the chief historian as containing significant deficiencies."

Dozier, Kimberly. "Memorial Day 2012: CIA Remembers Those Lost in Covert War on Terror." Associated Press, 26 May 2012. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com]

"The CIA is remembering those lost in the hidden, often dangerous world of espionage, adding a new star to the intelligence agency's memorial wall and more than a dozen names to its hallowed Book of Honor. The new star carved into the wall is for Jeffrey Patneau, a young officer killed in a car crash in Yemen in September 2008."

Elias-Sanborn, Barbara, ed. The Central Intelligence Agency's 9/11 File: Top Secret CIA Documents on Osama bin Laden Declassified. National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 381. Washington, DC: National Security Archive, 19 Jun. 2012. [http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB381/]

The National Security Archive on 19 June 2012 posted "over 100 recently released CIA documents relating to September 11, Osama bin Laden, and U.S. counterterrorism operations."  The documents, obtained by the Archive "under the Freedom of Information Act, are referred to in footnotes to the 9/11 Commission Report. The collection includes rarely released CIA emails, raw intelligence cables, analytical summaries, high-level briefing materials, and comprehensive counterterrorism reports."

Miller, Greg. "FBI Gets a Broader Role in Coordinating Domestic Intelligence Activities." Washington Post, 19 Jun. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The FBI has been given an expanded role in coordinating the domestic intelligence-gathering activities of the CIA and other agencies under a plan enacted this year by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., officials said. The bureau's highest-ranking field agents now also serve as the DNI's representatives across the country."

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