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CIA Officer Who Participated in Destruction of Interrogation Tapes Moves into Coveted Agency Position

Mar 31st, 2013 Current Affairs, Inteligence

Intelligence officials reported to The New York Times that a C.I.A. officer who directly participated in the destruction of agency interrogation videotapes in 2005 has, at least temporarily, moved into a top position in the C.I.A.’s National Clandestine Service. The agent is still undercover and, therefore, she remains anonymous.

The National Clandestine Service is a branch of the C.I.A. responsible for all espionage operations and covert action programs. As The Times reports, “The head of the clandestine service is one of the most coveted jobs in the C.I.A., and has never before been run by a woman.”

In his confirmation hearing last month, new C.I.A. director John Brennan expressed concern and disappointment over the interrogation techniques used by the agency following 9/11. According to The Times, Brennan’s position on this subject makes his decision regarding who will permanently fill the opening additionally difficult.

Mr. Brennan — who himself was a senior C.I.A. official when the methods were being used — has indicated that he hopes to gradually refocus the spy agency away from manhunting and paramilitary operations like drone strikes and toward more traditional espionage activities.

 

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