Tag: Central Intelligence Agency

‘The Report’ and the Untold Story of a Senate-C.I.A. Conflict

The spy chief came to the senators with a blunt warning. A voluminous Senate report documenting the C.I.A.’s use of torture in secret prisons — set for release days later — could lead to riots, attacks on American embassies and the killing of American hostages overseas, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, […]

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Judge Rules Prosecutors Misrepresented Evidence From C.I.A. Sites

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Prosecutors in the case of a Qaeda suspect misrepresented to defense lawyers what happened to him in C.I.A. custody, a military judge has ruled, complicating efforts to bring the suspect to trial at Guantánamo Bay and raising new […]

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Intelligence From al-Baghdadi Raid Could Reveal Trove of ISIS Clues

WASHINGTON — The intelligence material that commandos seized from the now-destroyed compound where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hiding is likely to contain revelations about his leadership of the Islamic State and could provide a wealth of details about the group’s operations, current and former American officials said. But they did not expect to find intelligence […]

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Watching the Raid Was Like a Movie, the President Said. Except There Was No Live Audio.

WASHINGTON — In describing the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday, President Trump used dramatic, even cinematic language to portray the daring American commando raid that brought down the Islamic State leader who, the president said, died “screaming, crying and whimpering.” Mr. Trump described the video footage he watched from the White House Situation […]

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Al-Baghdadi Raid Was a Victory Built on Factors Trump Derides

WASHINGTON — The death of the Islamic State’s leader in a daring nighttime raid vindicated the value of three traditional American strengths: robust alliances, faith in intelligence agencies and the projection of military power around the world. But President Trump has regularly derided the first two. And even as he claimed a significant national security […]

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C.I.A. Got Tip on al-Baghdadi’s Location From Arrest of a Wife and a Courier

WASHINGTON — The surprising information about the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s general location — in a village deep inside a part of northwestern Syria controlled by rival Qaeda groups — came following the arrest and interrogation of one of Mr. al-Baghdadi’s wives and a courier this past summer, two American officials said. Armed […]

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Kurds and Turks Once Got Along

In the days just before Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, for which the stated aim includes purging a Kurdish militia that has been allied with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State, President Trump made a comment on the history of the two conflicting sides. He defined Kurds as Turkey’s “natural enemy,” […]

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This C.I.A. Agent Wants to Give Peace a Chance

You wouldn’t expect a C.I.A. agent to talk like the spiritual presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. But there was Amaryllis Fox, who spent much of her 20s trying to keep nuclear materials out of terrorists’ hands, talking about love and kindness. “They are human, and they’re in the midst of waging a war that involves horrendous, […]

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They Risked All for America. Don’t Betray Them.

David Petraeus, a retired general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and more than 25 American generals and admirals recently wrote to President Trump supporting a robust refugee resettlement program — especially for people who have served American military and intelligence agencies in their native countries. But the Trump administration has decided to […]

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How the Law Protects Intelligence Whistle-Blowers, and Leaves Them at Risk

WASHINGTON — President Trump has threateningly targeted the whistle-blower who brought to light how he pressured Ukraine’s leader to open investigations that could benefit him politically, not only portraying the whistle-blower as a spy but also expressing a desire to “interview and learn everything about” him. As the House pursues an impeachment inquiry, Mr. Trump’s […]

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Schiff, House Intel Chairman, Got Early Account of Whistle-Blower’s Accusations

WASHINGTON — The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials. The early account by the […]

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How the Whistle-Blower Complaint Almost Didn’t Happen

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher It took just days for a whistle-blower complaint to prompt an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. But it took weeks for the concerns detailed in the complaint to come to light — and they nearly never […]

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Joseph Wilson, Who Challenged Iraq War Narrative, Dies at 69

ImageFormer Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson in 2008 with his wife at the time, the former C.I.A. officer Valerie Plame. On Friday, after his death, she called him “an American hero.”CreditCharles Dharapak/Associated Press Joseph C. Wilson, the long-serving American diplomat whose clash with the administration of President George W. Bush in 2003 led to the unmasking […]

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Why The Times Published Details of the Whistle-Blower’s Identity

On Thursday, The Times published exclusive details about the identity of the whistle-blower whose claims led Democrats to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Trump this week. (The article reported that the whistle-blower is a C.I.A. officer who was previously detailed to work at the White House and had expertise on Ukraine.) Many readers, including […]

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Whistle-Blower Is a C.I.A. Officer Who Was Detailed to the White House

WASHINGTON — The whistle-blower who revealed that President Trump sought foreign help for his re-election and that the White House sought to cover it up is a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point, according to three people familiar with his identity. The man has since returned to […]

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Prosecutors Disclose Taped Confession in 9/11 Case

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — One of the accused conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was secretly recorded at Guantánamo admitting he funneled most of the funds that financed the hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people 18 years ago, according to transcripts […]

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U.S. Tries to Seize Edward Snowden’s Proceeds From New Memoir

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued the former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday, seeking to seize his proceeds from his new memoir because he did not submit the manuscript for review before it was published so officials could make sure it contained no classified information. Mr. Snowden, whose 2013 leaks of top-secret documents about […]

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