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Ex-CIA Officer Is Facing Up to Life in Prison

Kevin Mallory, 61, convicted of sharing secrets with China

(Newser) - A former CIA officer was convicted Friday on charges he spied for China by providing top secret information in exchange for $25,000, the AP reports. Kevin Mallory, 61, of Leesburg, Virginia, faces up to life in prison, although federal sentences are often less than the maximum. A sentencing hearing... More »

Haspel Confirmed in Closest Vote for CIA Pick in 7 Decades

Both parties were split in Senate vote

(Newser) - The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history. The 54-45 vote split both parties, with six Democrats... More »

Senate Panel Votes to Endorse Haspel as CIA Director

Full Senate will now vote on Haspel's confirmation

(Newser) - Gina Haspel won the endorsement of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, with the panel voting 10-5 to advance her nomination as CIA director to the full Senate. Haspel, who would be the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency and the second person to lead the agency after being... More »

Dick Cheney: What We Did Wasn't Torture

'If it were my call, I'd do it again'

(Newser) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the US should restart the harsh detention and interrogation practices used on terror suspects after 9/11, and called on the Senate to confirm CIA nominee Gina Haspel. Brutal interrogation practices are currently banned under US law, but debate on the issue has re-surfaced during... More »

McCain Throws Possible Wrench Into CIA Vote

Former POW opposes Gina Haspel over her support of harsh interrogation

(Newser) - Gina Haspel's path to becoming the next CIA director must now overcome a late new hurdle from John McCain. The Arizona senator issued a statement Wednesday night urging his fellow senators to reject her because of her role in the agency's interrogation tactics under George W. Bush, reports... More »

9/11 Architect Has 6 Paragraphs of Information About Haspel

And more from Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing

(Newser) - President Trump's controversial pick to lead the CIA is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday—and the man behind the 9/11 attacks is hoping to weigh in. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, currently detained at Guantanamo Bay, this week asked a military judge at Gitmo for permission to share six... More »

CIA Nominee Offered to Quit Over Interrogation Background

Gina Haspel's role in agency's past techniques has sparked controversy

(Newser) - Gina Haspel , President Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, offered to withdraw her nomination amid concerns that a debate over a harsh interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA. That's according to two senior administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity... More »

Family of CIA 'Salt Pit' Victim: Where Is His Body?

No one's been told what happened to Gul Rahman's remains after he died in Afghan prison in 2002

(Newser) - He died "starved, sleepless, and freezing" more than 15 years ago in an Afghan prison cell, and now his family wants to know where his body is. In what an ACLU attorney calls a "failure of basic human decency," the CIA is being accused by relatives of... More »

Report: Trump to Pardon Scooter Libby

Sources say full pardon to Dick Cheney's ex-chief of staff is imminent

(Newser) - President Trump appears about to set a second potentially controversial pardon in motion, sources tell ABC News and the New York Times . Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to ex-VP Dick Cheney, will be the next to see a presidential reprieve, with a pardon greenlit by Trump after he mulled... More »

Ex-CIA Chief Wonders What Russians Might Have on Trump

John Brennan slams president's 'perplexing submissiveness'

(Newser) - The firing of Andrew McCabe appears to have been the last straw for John Brennan. The normally tight-lipped former CIA director, who slammed President Trump's "political corruption" and "moral turpitude" in a tweet Saturday, suggested Wednesday that the Russians might have compromising information on the president, the... More »

First Female Nominee to Lead CIA Has Controversial Resume

Gina Haspel has ties to agency's waterboarding program

(Newser) - With his decision to move CIA chief Mike Pompeo into the post of secretary of state, President Trump made a little history. He also nominated Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo, thus setting her up to be the first woman to run the spy agency. The nomination must be confirmed by... More »

New Claims on DB Cooper: FBI 'Flat-Out Lying' About Him

Investigative team say infamous skyjacker may have been CIA Black Ops operative

(Newser) - Last month, a team led by Tom Colbert claimed a Vietnam vet now in his 70s named Robert Rackstraw was DB Cooper, the bandit who hijacked a plane in the Pacific Northwest in November 1971, then parachuted out over southern Washington state with $200,000 in ransom cash. On Thursday... More »

Damage Done by Alleged CIA Mole May Be Even Worse

Jerry Chun Shing Lee could be responsible for disappearance of US spies in Russia

(Newser) - The damage reportedly done by an alleged CIA mole could extend beyond China, where at least 20 CIA informants were arrested and executed between 2010 and 2012, current and former officials tell NBC News . China wiped out the CIA's spy network in that country after cracking the covert communications... More »

FBI Created Fake Job to Get Suspected Mole to US

Jerry Lee was allowed to leave after evidence obtained

(Newser) - Authorities hunting the suspected mole who brought down the CIA's spy network in China lured him back to America by creating a job for the former CIA officer, officials say. Federal officials tell NBC that when Jerry Chun Shing Lee returned to the US from Hong Kong with his... More »

Suspected Mole Who Brought Down CIA in China Is Arrested

Jerry Chung Shing Lee was arrested on return to US

(Newser) - The man blamed for one of America's worst intelligence breaches in decades is back in the US—and it could be a very long time before he is allowed to leave again. Jerry Chung Shing Lee, a former CIA officer accused of giving China information that led to the... More »

Putin Thanks Trump for CIA Tip

The Kremlin says the information thwarted attempted bombings in St. Petersburg

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. During the call, the two leaders' second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the CIA information, the AP reports. The Kremlin... More »

CIA Weighs In After Trump Sides With Putin on Election Meddling

Director Mike Pompeo 'stands by' report of Russian intereference

(Newser) - Despite President Trump calling them "political hacks" on Saturday, CIA director Mike Pompeo "stands by" a report issued by the intelligence community that found Russia tried to influence the 2016 election with the aim of getting Trump elected, the Hill reports. "The intelligence assessment with regard to... More »

'Intensified' Pressure on Trump to Withhold Some JFK Files

Thursday is the day set in law 25 years ago for the disclosure of remaining hidden documents

(Newser) - President Trump is playing it coy on what people will see from long-secret JFK assassination-era files and didn't tip his hand on the eve of the release. "The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow," was all he said in a tweet . "So... More »

In a Shift, CIA Units Now Going After Taliban

Agency takes more aggressive approach in Afghanistan under Pompeo, Trump

(Newser) - CIA director Mike Pompeo has talked about the need to be more "aggressive" against militants, and the New York Times reports that his words are turning into reality in Afghanistan. The agency is ramping up its mission against the Taliban in the country, sending out small paramilitary units with... More »

Bomb-Sniffing Dog Hates CIA Job, Opts for Early Retirement

Things are looking up for Lulu now that she's not punching a clock anymore in training program

(Newser) - Government agencies routinely make hiring and firing announcements, but a recent one from the CIA caught Gizmodo's eye. A Twitter thread revealed the agency has laid off Lulu, a recruit in its K9 training program tasked with detecting explosives. Lulu, described in her CIA profile as being a "... More »

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