January 29, 2009 in Nation/World

Alleged rapes in Algeria spur probe of CIA officer

Associated Press
 

WASHINGTON – A CIA officer in Africa is under investigation for two instances in which he was accused of rape, according to court documents and a government official.

Court papers filed in federal court in Washington by a State Department investigator show two Algerian women came forward separately to say they had been sexually assaulted by the man while at his home in Algiers, where he was stationed.

The court documents identify the man as Andrew Warren. He has not been charged with a crime.

A congressional official familiar with the case said Wednesday the man was employed by the CIA in Algiers until he was recalled in the wake of the investigation.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation. The case was first reported by ABC News.

The affidavit is careful not to say exactly who the man works for, other than the U.S. government. The document says Warren has been assigned to Algiers since 2007.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood said the man in question has returned to the United States while the government investigates.

“The United States takes very seriously any accusations of misconduct involving any U.S. personnel abroad,” said Wood, referring further questions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment.

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