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Trump Accuses Media of Dishonesty on Inauguration Crowds

He says more than 1M attended, way more than other estimates

(Newser) - On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump on Saturday berated the media over its coverage of his inauguration, and turned a bridge-building first visit to CIA headquarters into an airing of grievances about "dishonest" journalists. But it was Trump who spread inaccuracies about the size of... More »

Trump Lashes Out at CIA Director

He suggests Brennan was 'leaker of Fake News'

(Newser) - Soon-to-be-former CIA Director John Brennan strongly criticized Donald Trump on Sunday for reckless tweeting and for failing to understand the threat from Russia—and the president-elect took to his communication medium of choice to react. "'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not... More »

Trump Plans to Do More Than Just Criticize CIA

He wants to restructure US intelligence agencies, sources say

(Newser) - Donald Trump plans to do more than just criticize US intelligence agencies—he plans to restructure the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . "The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world has become completely politicized,... More »

Obama Is Preserving CIA Torture Report

Meaning you might be able to read it in 2029

(Newser) - President Obama has ensured that the landmark Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture won't be shredded by future administrations—but the public won't be able to read it until 2029 at the earliest. Obama has decided to have the 6,700-page 2014 report preserved in his presidential... More »

Intelligence Officers Worry About Trump Payback

Bolton claims hacking could be 'false flag'

(Newser) - In a development that characters in a Tom Clancy novel would probably dismiss as far-fetched, intelligence figures fear that the next president might retaliate against the CIA and other agencies that have linked Russian hackers to election interference . "There is not just smoke here. There is a blazing 10-alarm... More »

Intel Director Clapper Resigns

Director of National Intelligence will remain until Trump's inauguration

(Newser) - US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has tendered his resignation, NBC News reports. The 75-year-old Clapper has been planning to step down for a while, and he said finally handing in his letter "felt pretty good." The BBC reports the intelligence chief told House officials that "... More »

UN to Look Into Possible CIA-Backed Killing of Its Former Head

Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in 1961 in Africa

(Newser) - The UN is on the verge of reopening the investigation into the death of former secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold, what Foreign Policy calls "the most notorious and perplexing cold case in the UN's history." Hammarskjold died in a plane crash during a 1961 peace mission in Africa. Since... More »

CIA Director: I'd Quit Before I'd Ever Order Waterboarding

Even if the president ordered him to, John Brennan says

(Newser) - Donald Trump has expressed his enthusiasm for waterboarding , and CIA Director John Brennan has responded that he would absolutely refuse to carry out orders to do so. But during a Q&A Wednesday at the Brookings Institution, Brennan issued his strongest statement yet, noting he would step down as head... More »

CIA Kept Man in Secret Prison Despite Knowing He Was Innocent

New report details the 'outrageous' case of Khaled al Masri

(Newser) - German citizen Khaled al Masri was held and interrogated in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan for five months in 2004—during which time he was kept in a “small cell with … a bucket for his waste”—despite the CIA being fairly certain he wasn't a... More »

Italian Jail Cell Looms for Ex-CIA Officer 'Betrayed' by US

She was convicted of helping abduct a terror suspect in Milan

(Newser) - A former CIA officer says she's days away from being sent to an Italian prison and blames the US government for not doing more to help her, ABC News reports. In 2003, the CIA abducted Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr from Milan, Italy, under its... More »

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 »

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