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Doctor Zhivago's Secret Publisher: the CIA

Agency used book as Cold War propaganda tool

(Newser) - Before Doctor Zhivago became an acclaimed film in 1965, it was a novel—one the CIA secretly printed. The Washington Post delves into the book's fascinating back story by way of 130 freshly declassified CIA documents (released at the request of the authors of The Zhivago Affair, out June... More »

Pelosi: Blame Cheney for CIA's 'Attitude'

Veep was 'proud' of tone he set, agency's interrogation tactics

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee's coming report on CIA interrogation methods promises to be explosive, and it's already making waves. Speaking on State of the Union today, Nancy Pelosi wasted no time in pointing fingers today: "During the Bush-Cheney administration, that Vice President Cheney set a tone and... More »

CIA Interrogation Program Saved Lives: Head

Jose Rodriguez responds to Senate report

(Newser) - A Senate panel has voted to release a giant report slamming CIA interrogation methods, the Washington Post reported this week. But regardless of what the Senate report says, the interrogation program saved lives, its former head writes in the Post. "Unlike the committee’s staff, I don’t have... More »

CIA Lied and Lied About Torture, Says Report

More details from Senate Intelligence Committee report coming to light

(Newser) - Yesterday, congressional staffers dished to the AP about some of the overarching findings of a contentious Senate Intelligence Committee report—namely, that the CIA's use of torture played no role in finding Osama bin Laden, for all the agency's previous declarations to the contrary. The Washington Post follows... More »

Torture Didn't Help Catch bin Laden, Report Finds

Senate Intelligence Committee: No evidence tortured detainees gave up crucial info

(Newser) - The report that has thrown the CIA into a bitter fight with the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that there is no evidence that torture helped the agency find Osama bin Laden, congressional aides and other sources tell the AP . The CIA has argued that "harsh interrogation techniques" like waterboarding... More »

Snowden Docs: NSA Targeted Chinese Tech Giant

Huawei's emails, product source codes were hacked: report

(Newser) - US intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to US national security, two newspapers reported yesterday. The NSA began targeting Huawei in early 2009 and quickly... More »

CIA Hits Back as Feinstein Says It Spied on Senate

John Brennan denies illegal searches of Intelligence Committee computers

(Newser) - CIA Director John Brennan is hitting back after Sen. Dianne Feinstein confirmed reports that the CIA illegally searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers. "We weren't trying to block anything," Brennan tells NBC . "The CIA was in no way spying on [the committee] or the Senate." Feinstein... More »

New Claim: Senate Staffers Swiped Classified CIA Info

Source tells McClatchy they printed, removed internal review

(Newser) - On the heels of a contentious report that the CIA illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a report on the CIA's torture program comes yet more contention. McClatchy , which first reported on the allegations yesterday, now reports that those Senate staffers... More »

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Staffers

Inspector General looking into clashes over torture report

(Newser) - The CIA's Inspector General is calling for the Justice Department to look into allegations that the agency illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a potentially contentious report on the CIA's torture program, McClatchy reports. The CIA had insisted that the... More »

Big Reveal: FBI Had Mole Who Met bin Laden—in 1993

He then died on a CIA mission

(Newser) - The FBI once had a mole so deep within al-Qaeda that he met with Osama bin Laden and provided the intelligence necessary to thwart his planned attack on a Masonic Lodge in LA, new investigative reports from the Washington Times and NBC News have revealed. The informant started out as... More »

Report: CIA Gave Poland $15M for Use of 'Black Site'

'Washington Post' report sheds light on infamous secret jail

(Newser) - Polish prosecutors intend to look into a Washington Post report alleging that the CIA in 2003 handed Polish intelligence agents two cardboard boxes stuffed with $15 million in cash as a payoff to use a Polish facility as perhaps the agency's most infamous "black site" prison . The report... More »

There's a Secret Provision in Congress' Spending Bill

It would kill Obama's plans to take the drone program out of CIA hands

(Newser) - Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill contains a secret provision torpedoing President Obama's plans to pass the drone program from the CIA to the Pentagon. In a classified annex, the bill specifically prohibits any funds being used to facilitate such a transfer, the Washington Post reports. Obama wants to... More »

15 of US' Benghazi Sources Have Been Killed

Senate report also concludes that consulate attack was 'preventable'

(Newser) - The US government didn't do enough to prevent the attack on the Benghazi consulate, a long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report concludes. The bipartisan report chastises the CIA for operating out of a different building than the State Department—a facility the military didn't even know about, the Washington ... More »

Senators Clash With CIA Nominee Over Torture

Udall demands classified report

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has formally requested a classified internal CIA study on its torture program, which lawmakers believe is deeply unflattering, the New York Times reports. Mark Udall revealed the existence of the report yesterday during a prickly hearing with Caroline Krass, President Obama's nominee for CIA general... More »

To Skip Work, EPA Scientist 'Worked' for CIA ... for 12 Years

John Beale to be sentenced tomorrow

(Newser) - Ever lied to your boss to get a day off work? How about doing that for 12 years? Oh, and your alibi: You were working for the CIA in Pakistan. Naturally. John Beale was the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest-paid employee and an expert in radiation and climate change with... More »

US Citizen Missing in Iran Worked for CIA

Robert Levinson was a rogue operator: AP, Washington Post

(Newser) - Robert Levinson of Florida went missing in Iran in 2007, and the Washington Post and the AP are out with stories today that might better explain why: He was working as a sort of rogue operator for the CIA at the time. Or more precisely, the retired FBI agent was... More »

Pakistani Party Blows CIA Station Chief's Cover

Former cricket star's party wants him tried for murder over drone strike

(Newser) - A political party in Pakistan has publicly identified the top CIA spy in the country—and it wants him interrogated and put on trial over a recent US drone strike, reports the Guardian . The PTI party, notably led by a former cricket star named Imran Khan, identified the Islamabad station... More »

CIA Secretly Turned Gitmo Inmates Into Double Agents

'Penny Lane' program led to al-Qaeda leaders' deaths: officials

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay contained "the worst of a very bad lot," according to Dick Cheney—and it was from this pool that CIA teams handpicked potential double agents, anonymous officials tell the AP . The program at Gitmo's "Penny Lane" facility, a secret cluster of eight cottages near... More »

CIA Spying on Overseas Money Transfers: Reports

Other methods of "bulk collection" likely still unknown

(Newser) - Think your international money transfer is free from prying eyes? Not so, according to the New York Times , which reports the CIA is secretly collecting info from companies like Western Union under the Patriot Act—the same law the NSA cites when nabbing phone records. It's possible the names... More »

AT&T Making Millions by Handing Data to CIA

And the CIA makes more requests than the NSA

(Newser) - Government surveillance is paying off for AT&T. The company has been sharing its trove of call records with the CIA, and it didn't exactly need to be strong-armed with a court order to do it. Instead, the company has a voluntary contract worth more than $10 million, the... More »

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