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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

He was a baby when his dad died in Afghanistan. He’s 18 now, and the war still isn’t over.

When CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann was killed in action in Afghanistan, the first American casualty in that country, he left behind a wife, two daughters and Jake, a son …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years in China spy conspiracy

A former CIA case agent was sentenced Friday to 19 years in prison for an espionage conspiracy with China.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

Trump lashes out again at whistleblower, questions whether Schiff should be arrested for ‘treason’

President Donald Trump called the complaint lodged by a whistleblower “a fraud” Monday as he continued to lash out at an anonymous U.S. intelligence official despite a warning by the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Pelosi concerned about Trump’s whistleblower ‘spy’ comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced concern on Friday over President Donald Trump’s comments that suggested retaliation against people who helped an intelligence whistleblower whose complaint about Trump’s phone call with …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

9th Circuit sends ‘torture’ case involving Mitchell and Jessen back to Spokane judge

In a split decision, federal appellate judges have ruled that a federal judge in Spokane must reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to interview former Spokane psychologists James Mitchell …


AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran

AP sources: House Democrats will hear from former CIA director John Brennan about the situation in Iran when he speaks next week at a private meeting amid heightened concerns over …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019

Spy agencies doubt North Korea will give up nuclear weapons

U.S. intelligence agencies are telling Congress that North Korea is unlikely to entirely dismantle its nuclear arsenal.


CIA briefs House leaders on Khashoggi as Senate nears votes

CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed House leaders on Wednesday on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the Senate prepared for a possible vote on two resolutions that would …


Senators accuse Saudi prince of complicity in Khashoggi murder

CIA Director Gina Haspel appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief key senators on the agency’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the killing of journalist …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House

Soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to view George H.W. Bush’s casket and remember a president whose …


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …