CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

Intelligence Relations with the Media

2000s & 2010s

 

Aldrich, Richard J. "Regulation by Revelation? Intelligence, Transparency and the Media." In Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence, eds. Robert Dover and Michael S. Goodman, 13-37. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Mansfield, Studies 84.1 (Mar. 2010), notes that is the lead essay in this anthology and it "sets the scene for several other pieces." At the same time, however, the reviewer, a former CIA public affairs officer, takes issue with what he sees as Aldrich's view that U.S. intelligence agencies have enjoyed a close relationship with the press. [Clark comment: At least one element of the U.S. Intelligence Community, the FBI, has over time certainly enjoyed remarkably close relations with the media.]

Dover, Robert, and Michael S. Goodman, eds. Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Mansfield, Studies 84.1 (Mar. 2010), finds Sir David Ormand's to be the "most insightful essay" in this collection.The reviewer, a former public affairs officer at the CIA, takes issue with Richard Aldrich's view that U.S. intelligence agencies have enjoyed a close relationship with the press. For Wirtz, IJI&C 24.1 (Spring 2011), this "eclectic group of essays ... demonstrates that relations between intelligence professionals and the media are multifacted, nuanced, and sometimes unexpected." Wippl, I&NS 27.4 (Aug. 2012), comments that "[a]ll the articles are a worthwhile read."

Seib, Philip. "The News Media and the Intelligence Community: A Clash of Civilizations?" Defense Intelligence Journal 16, no. 2 (2007): 57-74.

The author reviews some past difficulties in the intelligence-media relationship, and looks at how there might be "a renewed relationship that reflects changes in global security issues and incorporates a reasonable level of cautious cooperation."

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