Tales from the Trail

Former CIA clandestine chief in memoir to explain why interrogation videos destroyed

May 5, 2011

Jose Rodriguez, the former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service who landed in controversy over ordering the destruction of videotapes of terrorism suspects being interrogated, is writing a book in which he will explain why for the first time.

Could Petraeus be too shiny for the CIA?

April 28, 2011

An agency all about cloak-and-dagger tends to be wary of the limelight.

So President Barack Obama’s choice of General David Petraeus for CIA director has raised some questions in intelligence and military circles.

CIA on WikiLeaks — WTF

December 22, 2010

The CIA gets the prize for the most entertaining acronym in Washington, a city that cannot speak without using at least one in every sentence.

One more secret at CIA – next week’s Top Chef winner and loser

August 12, 2010

The Central Intelligence Agency has one more secret to keep this week — who won the Top Chef challenge in next week’s episode.

Iranian scientist saga has message for defectors: big bucks in U.S.

July 16, 2010

Five million dollars is a lot of money for most people on this planet.

IRAN-SCIENTIST/So the revelation by unnamed U.S. officials that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri was paid that amount for providing information about Iran may actually end up encouraging others thinking of defecting – that’s one train of thought among some experts.

The mystery of the homesick Iranian nuclear scientist

July 13, 2010

The facts are few: Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, disappeared in June 2009 during a pilgrimage to Mecca. He turned up this week at the Iranian interests section in the Pakistani Embassy in Washington wanting to go home.

Obama admits security “screw up,” but some wonder who’ll pay

January 6, 2010

President Barack Obama may have hoped to limit the political fallout from last month’s attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner by admitting there was a “screw up.” Will firings follow? Some think Obama’s unusually sharp rhetoric raises the odds that heads will roll.

Dealing with “bad guys” in intelligence gathering, OK or not?

October 29, 2009

Since the September 11 attacks, CIA officials have made it clear that to get the intelligence needed to stop terrorism attacks, U.S. intelligence agencies sometimes have to deal with “bad guys.”

Former AG Gonzales: what I really meant to say was…

September 3, 2009

USA-GONZALES/Say what?

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales threw folks for another loop on Thursday by saying he doesn’t really support further investigation of CIA prisoner abuses after all.

Obama’s summer holiday no walk on the beach

August 26, 2009

OBAMA/President Barack Obama began his summer vacation by sending a specific message to the White House press corps.