May 20th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama thanks intelligence workers for bin Laden mission

(CNN) - President Barack Obama honored CIA officers for their role in the death of Osama bin Laden during a visit to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on Friday.

A crowd of about 1,000 greeted Obama with cheers and a standing ovation, according to CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf.


Filed under: CIA • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
August 24th, 2010
07:06 PM ET
4 years ago

WikiLeaks says it will release CIA paper on Wednesday

(CNN) - WikiLeaks, a whistle-blower website, posted on the group's 
Twitter page on Tuesday: "WikiLeaks to release CIA paper tomorrow."

The website set off a firestorm of controversy recently when it posted 
some 76,000 U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan. The group has 
said it has another 15,000 documents, which it plans to release soon.

It was not immediately clear whether the Twitter post on Tuesday is 
related to the batch of documents that WikiLeaks has called the "Afghan War 

Founder and editor of the website, Julian Assange, was arrested in 
absentia last week in Sweden on charges of rape. The warrant was revoked less 
than a day later by Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne.

Separately on Tuesday, the attorney for the alleged victims told CNN 
rumors that the Pentagon or CIA was somehow involved in the sex crime 
accusations against Assange are "complete nonsense."

Filed under: CIA
June 27th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Panetta: Afghan war has problems, but progress being made

Washington (CNN) - CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that the war in Afghanistan had "serious problems," but the U.S.-led mission was making progress.

"It's harder, it's slower than I think anyone anticipated," said Panetta, the nation's top intelligence officer, in a rare media interview with the ABC program "This Week."

He cited governance problems, drug trafficking and the Taliban insurgency - all in a tribal society - as the major challenges to the goal of "making sure al Qaeda never finds another safe haven from which to attack this country."

"Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for al Qaeda or for a militant Taliban that welcomes al Qaeda," Panetta said.

Updated: 10:25 a.m.

Full story

Filed under: Afghanistan • CIA • issues • Leon Panetta
February 5th, 2010
04:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama honors 7 CIA officers killed in Afghanistan blast

President Obama delivered remarks Friday at a memorial service for fallen CIA employees.
President Obama delivered remarks Friday at a memorial service for fallen CIA employees.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to seven CIA officers killed in Afghanistan in December, calling them "American patriots who loved their country and gave their lives to defend it."

Obama delivered the remarks during a memorial service at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The service was closed to the media to protect the identities of undercover officers in attendance. A transcript of Obama's speech was provided to members of the press.

"There are no words that can ease the ache in your hearts," Obama told families, friends and co-workers of the seven officers. "But to their colleagues and all who served with them - those here today, those still recovering, those watching around the world, I say: Let their sacrifice be a summons. To carry on their work. To complete this mission. To win this war, and to keep our country safe."

A suicide bomber killed the CIA officers, as well as a Jordanian intelligence official, on December 30 at a U.S. base in Khost, in southeastern Afghanistan.


Filed under: CIA • President Obama
January 4th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to receive CIA update on Christmas terror attack

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is expected to receive a CIA update Monday on the botched Christmas Day terrorist attack, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton.

The president will also meet with his deputy national security adviser, John Brennan.

Obama returned to Washington on Monday at the conclusion of the first family's Hawaii holiday vacation.


Filed under: CIA • President Obama • Terrorism
January 1st, 2010
02:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Intel officer: CIA officers' deaths will be avenged

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - An American intelligence official vowed Thursday that the United States would avenge a suspected terrorist attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of seven CIA officers.

Two of those killed were contractors with private security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater, a former intelligence official told CNN. The CIA considers contractors to be officers.

A current intelligence official confirmed that the casualties included a mix of people - CIA staff and contractors. Six others were wounded.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred on Wednesday.

Full story

Filed under: CIA
December 31st, 2009
12:36 PM ET
3 months ago

Panetta releases statement on CIA casualties

(CNN) – CIA  Director Leon Panetta has released a statement on the suicide bombing in Afghanistan Wednesday that killed seven CIA employees:

“Those who fell yesterday were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism,” Director Panetta said in a message to employees. “We owe them our deepest gratitude, and we pledge to them and their families that we will never cease fighting for the cause to which they dedicated their lives—a safer America.”;

Full statement from the CIA after the jump


Filed under: CIA
September 18th, 2009
02:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Former CIA chiefs call on Obama to stop interrogation probe

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Seven former CIA directors are urging President Barack Obama to stop the criminal investigation of people involved in the CIA's harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists.

In a letter sent to the president Friday, the former directors called on Obama to reverse Attorney General Eric Holder's decision last month to reopen an investigation that they say would put intelligence officers in "continuous jeopardy" and make them risk averse.

The letter was signed by former directors who served both Democratic and Republican presidents, including three who worked in the most recent Bush administration.

Filed under: CIA • President Obama
August 31st, 2009
11:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Cheney wrong on interrogation inquiry facts, Obama official says

Cheney had his facts wrong on interrogation inquiry facts.
Cheney had his facts wrong on interrogation inquiry facts.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney had his facts wrong when he blasted Attorney General Eric Holder last week for launching an investigation into past CIA interrogation techniques, an administration official asserted Monday.

Holder's decision to review waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques was politically motivated, Cheney claimed in remarks broadcast on FOX News Sunday. Cheney made clear in the interview, conducted last Friday, that he believes President Barack Obama directed Holder to launch the review in response to pressure from left-wing Democrats.

But the administration official, who asked not to be identified, said, "The attorney general made a determination independently, based on the facts and the law."

The official also objected to Cheney's statement that "the president is the chief law enforcement officer in the land."


Filed under: CIA • Dick Cheney • Eric Holder
August 30th, 2009
03:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Dem on CIA probe: 'No one is above the law'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A week before Congress returns from its August recess, there are already signs that a recently announced Justice Department investigation into the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques of terrorism suspects will be a source of tension between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

“This investigation is very appropriate,” Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “No one is above the law. This is not a political process. This is a legal process. It’s a legal process to find out whether the law was broken.”

Cantwell was answering Republican criticism – most notably from former Vice President Dick Cheney - that the recent decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into CIA interrogations was politically motivated and runs the risk of making the spy agency timid in tracking down terrorists who intend to do the country harm.

Related: CIA probe is political, Cheney says

“They’re making it so the people at the CIA are afraid to do anything,” said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Frankly, it’s gone way too far,” Hatch told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Filed under: CIA • Orrin Hatch • Popular Posts • State of the Union
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