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CIA Office Deletes Huge Torture Report 'by Mistake'

Sen. Dianne Feinstein asks CIA to correct the 'snafu'

(Newser) - The CIA's internal watchdog admits it has destroyed a classified, 6,700-page Senate torture report—but says it was just a mistake, Yahoo News reports. A CIA official privately told the Justice Dept. and the Senate Intelligence committee about it last summer, saying the CIA Office of Inspector General... More »

Dying CIA Agent Admits Sending Mandela to Jail

He says he provided tip that led to 1962 arrest

(Newser) - In an interview recorded two weeks before his death, a former CIA agent claimed he had prevented a war by giving South African authorities a tip that led to the arrest of the "Black Pimpernel"—better known as Nelson Mandela. In March, 88-year-old Donald Rickard told film director... More »

CIA 'Thought Pakistan Poisoned Spy Chief'

He had to leave after 2011 medical crisis

(Newser) - The relationship between the CIA and its Pakistani counterpart around the time of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden wasn't just bad, it may have been murderous, sources tell the Washington Post . Mark Kelton, the CIA's Pakistan station chief in 2011, was violently ill with unexplained stomach... More »

CIA Chief: 9/11 '28 Pages' Should Stay in Vault

He says information would cause people to wrongly blame Saudis

(Newser) - Some 28 pages of classified information believed to link Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks are in a guarded vault —and that's where CIA Director John Brennan says they should stay. On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Brennan said the documents contain "a combination of... More »

CIA Defends Its 'Live-Tweeting' of bin Laden Raid

'Victory lap' widely mocked on social media

(Newser) - The CIA decided to relive one of its greatest hits on Sunday by " live-tweeting " the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to mark its fifth anniversary—but social media users turned out to be a tough crowd. "Stop trying to be cool on twitter and get.on... More »

First US Casualty in Afghan War Worked for CIA

Washington Post fills out story of Green Beret Nathan Chapman

(Newser) - Nathan Ross Chapman has the distinction of being the first American military death of the Afghanistan war, but as the Washington Post reports, there was far more to his story. It turns out that the 31-year-old Army Green Beret also was working with a CIA detail when he was shot... More »

CIA Chief: I'd Refuse Orders to Waterboard

Even if they come from the president

(Newser) - If Donald Trump wins the presidency, he'll need a new CIA chief. In an interview with NBC News , John Brennan says he would defy presidential orders to waterboard prisoners. "Absolutely," he said. "I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again."... More »

The CIA Left Explosives on a School Bus

Um, whoops ...

(Newser) - As a parent, it's not exactly an email you want to get from your child's school district: For almost a week, "explosive training material" was left under the hood of a school bus in Loudoun County, Va., that carried dozens of kids while the material was inside.... More »

Where Rebels Backed by CIA, Pentagon Fight Each Other

Yet another challenge in the disastrous Syrian war

(Newser) - Syrian militants backed by different arms of the US government have fought just outside Aleppo—a recent headache highlighting the difficulty of intruding on a disastrous war, the LA Times reports. Backed by the Pentagon, the Syrian Democratic Forces in February pushed the CIA-armed Knights of Righteousness out of the... More »

Ex-CIA Chief: US Troops Could Ignore President Trump

Hayden says if he ordered waterboarding once in White House, troops obligated to not obey

(Newser) - If a President Trump ever got serious about bringing back waterboarding or some of his more dire policies, he's got at least one former director of the CIA saying he'd have a hard time doing it, reports Politico . "I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump... More »

FBI: Hacker Who Targeted CIA Director Is Just 16

'Cracka' reportedly arrested in England

(Newser) - Remember the hacker who broke into CIA Director John Brennan's personal email as well as the accounts of other high-ranking US security officials? Turns out he's just 16—or so police believe. British authorities and the FBI say they arrested alleged hacker "cracka" in England on Tuesday... More »

Report: CIA Sends Fake Memos to Own Agents

'WaPo' exposes agency 'eyewashing'

(Newser) - CIA agents shouldn't believe everything they hear from the CIA, according to the Washington Post , which says current and former officials have spilled the beans on "eyewashing." The Post's sources say that from time to time, higher-ups at the agency circulate memos with fake information as... More »

CIA Invites Public to Look at Its 'X-Files'

UFO docs have something for the Mulders and Scullys out there

(Newser) - With the revival of The X-Files already proving to be one of 2016's most popular shows , everyone's jumping on the bandwagon, including the CIA. Fox News reports the CIA recently drew attention to some of the documents related to UFOs it first declassified in 1978. A blog post... More »

Benghazi CIA Chief: I Didn't Issue Stand-Down

Former CIA chief in Benghazi has issues with '13 Hours'

(Newser) - There has long been a question of whether someone ordered a security team to "stand down" rather than hurrying to the rescue of the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, and in the new "Benghazi movie," 13 Hours, the highest-ranking CIA operative at a... More »

CIA Chief Blasts 'Hand-Wringing' Over Surveillance

Debate renews over whether government spying is a necessary evil

(Newser) - Civil liberty advocates are worried that a spate of ISIS attacks will bring a renewed push for more-intense government surveillance, and comments by CIA chief John Brennan won't make them feel any better. Following the downing of Flight 9268 , last week's suicide bombings in Beirut , and Friday's... More »

Report: Detailed Warnings About 9/11 Were Ignored

'I think they were mentally stuck'

(Newser) - “It was very evident that we were going to be struck, we were gonna be struck hard, and lots of Americans were going to die,” former CIA counterterrorism chief Cofer Black recalls about the months before 9/11. Politico has an exclusive look from Chris Whipple into how the... More »

Fox Guest Arrested for Lying About CIA Service

Wayne Simmons appeared as terror expert dozens of times

(Newser) - A very talented fraudster managed to pass himself off as a former CIA operative in frequent appearances on Fox News over the last 13 years, prosecutors say. Wayne Simmons, 62, was arrested yesterday and accused of lying about serving as an "Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer" from 1973 to... More »

CIA: Yes, We Covered Up the JFK Killing

Report from an in-house CIA magazine says how

(Newser) - Think the CIA played a role in covering up the John F. Kennedy assassination? Now an important source agrees with you: the CIA. According to an article written by the agency's senior in-house historian, the CIA purposely held back information from the Warren Commission, Politico reports. John McCone, then... More »

Zero Dark Thirty Filmmakers Accused of Bribing CIA

Sensitive information allegedly secured with dinners, cheap jewelry

(Newser) - The music industry sometimes uses payola to achieve its goals, and the movie industry apparently uses ... fake pearl earrings and tequila. The screenwriter and director of the hit film Zero Dark Thirty are accused of bribing CIA officials to receive sensitive information, according to CIA documents obtained by Vice . The... More »

Ship at Heart of 'Strangest' CIA Mission to Meet Its End

Ship was part of 'biggest and strangest' Cold War covert operation

(Newser) - More than 40 years after it was the centerpiece of what PRI calls "possibly the biggest and strangest covert operation" of the Cold War, a piece of CIA history is headed for the scrap heap. After the Soviet Union failed to find one of its nuclear submarines that sank... More »

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