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CIA director listens to audio of journalist’s alleged murder

CIA Director Gina Haspel listened to audio purportedly capturing the interrogation and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, giving a key member of President Trump’s Cabinet access to the evidence used …


UW settles suit against CIA over ‘top secret’ data on Salvadoran Army officer

The University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights has settled its


CIA’s Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations

Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Gina Haspel confirmed as 1st woman to lead the CIA

Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in …


CIA nominee wins Senate panel backing, confirmation expected

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, won the backing of the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday, paving the way for her expected confirmation to lead the …


Second Democratic senator publicly backing Trump’s CIA pick

A second Democratic senator has announced his support for President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee.


Ruth Marcus: Haspel failed to show she’s learned from history

The nomination of Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency presents an exquisitely difficult choice for senators weighing her confirmation. It is one that should tip, on …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 1:23 p.m.

Dick Cheney: U.S. should restart harsh interrogations, back CIA nominee Haspel

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the U.S. should restart the harsh detention and interrogation practices used on terror suspects after 9/11, and called on the Senate to confirm CIA …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The Spokane torture case keeps its secrets about Haspel

Gina Haspel, a CIA officer who worked with the Spokane torture team of James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, has said something about the Bush administration’s post-9/11 interrogation program that few …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 6:56 p.m.

CIA nominee says torture doesn’t work as interrogation tool

President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee said Wednesday at her confirmation hearing that she doesn’t believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her “strong moral compass” would prevent her …


Trump on his CIA choice: ‘Too tough on terror’ for the Dems?

CIA nominee Gina Haspel tried to convince skeptical Democrats on Monday that she’s the right person to lead the spy agency, just two days after she offered to step aside …


CIA nominee offered to withdraw over interrogation program

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, offered to withdraw her nomination, two senior administration officials said Sunday, amid concerns that a debate over a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Senators want CIA to lift veil on nominee’s black site past

Gina Haspel’s long spy career is so shrouded in mystery that senators want documents declassified so they can decide if her role at a CIA black site should prevent her …


Senate confirmation fights ahead on Trump’s State, CIA picks

Back in 2017, the Senate gave quick confirmation to President Donald Trump’s national security team and his first secretary of state. But it’s not likely to go as smoothly for …


Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot

Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 10:34 a.m.

Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

Trump weighs plan to replace Secretary of State Tillerson with CIA’s Pompeo

The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump’s …


Lawmakers question whether key CIA nominee misled Congress

Two former CIA employees are accusing the Trump administration’s choice for CIA chief watchdog of being less than candid when he told Congress he didn’t know about any active whistleblower …


Latest JFK files say no evidence found of CIA link to Oswald

Newly released government documents regarding John F. Kennedy’s assassination say allegations that Lee Harvey Oswald was connected to the CIA were “totally unfounded.”


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

CIA releases 470,000 more files from bin Laden raid

Never-before-seen video of Osama bin Laden’s son and potential successor was released Wednesday by the CIA in a trove of material recovered during the May 2011 raid that killed the …


CIA head: North Korea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities.


CIA chief says U.S. needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must …


Milbank: The president is put to the test

Trump: Tillerson intelligent? You are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.


Declassified documents say U.S. knew Sputnik was soon to orbit

News bulletin in 1957: Sputnik stuns the world. CIA in 2017: Not really.


AP sources: US spies in Havana hit by bizarre health attacks

Frightening attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana struck the heart of America’s spy network in Cuba, with intelligence operatives among the first and most severely affected victims, the Associated Press …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

Valerie Plame Wilson wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can’t use it.


Shawn Vestal: In the torture case, big decisions rest on small points

In the ongoing trial of the two former Fairchild Air Force Base psychologists whose company earned more than $80 million to develop and carry out the enhanced-interrogation program, one slap …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Federal judge questions civil torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen

The torture civil suit against two Spokane psychologists will continue to the next round, but a federal judge cast doubt Friday as to whether he’ll let the case proceed without …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Spokane psychologists turn to Nuremberg trial ruling on Nazi gas killings to defend role in torture

The attorneys defending Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are arguing that the successful defense of the “gas technician” of the firm that developed Zyklon B used by Nazis …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 5 p.m.

In defense, Trump seeks to redefine meaning of obstruction

President Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets Monday in which he tried to place the blame for Russian meddling in U.S. politics on and deflect charges of obstruction and …