Roberto Suro


Suro, Roberto. "CIA Is Unable to Precisely Track Testing." Washington Post, 3 Oct. 1999, A1. []

Senior officials said on 2 October 1999 that "the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that it cannot monitor low-level nuclear tests by Russia precisely enough to ensure compliance with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty."


Suro, Roberto. "FBI's 'Clean' Team Follows 'Dirty' Work of Intelligence: Units Pool Facts on Sensitive Foreign Cases but Work Apart." Washington Post, 16 Aug. 1999, A13. "Dirty Work, but Someone's Got to Do It." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 23 Aug. 1999, 30.

Clark comment: It is interesting and, perhaps, instructive that as the FBI expands its new-found foreign intelligence role both overseas and in the United States, it is encountering many of the same difficulties within the Bureau as were previously attributed to "friction" between the FBI and the CIA. [See Mark Riebling's Wedge (1994).] For a long time, individuals who are less inclined to run around pointing fingers have understood the inherent differences between the agendas of those entrusted with enforcing the law and those whose function it is to collect information.

This article notes that "[a]s the FBI becomes more and more involved in overseas investigations of terrorist threats, using two distinct teams of agents kept apart by an imaginary wall has become a key to separating criminal cases that can be prosecuted in open court from intelligence secrets that must be protected forever.... 'We find ourselves more and more frequently in situations that require us to protect intelligence assets even as we develop evidence that can be used in a criminal prosecution,' Larry R. Parkinson, general counsel of the FBI, said in an interview."


Suro, Roberto. "GOP Calls for Hill Probe of Chinese Nuclear Spying." Washington Post, 8 Mar. 1999, A13. []

On 7 March 1999, "Republican congressional leaders ... called for investigative hearings and threatened sanctions against the Clinton administration if it was found to have looked the other way while Chinese spies raided U.S. nuclear warfare technology."


Suro, Roberto. "Justice Dept. Investigates Satellite Exports." Washington Post, 17 May 1998, A1. []

"The Justice Department's campaign finance task force has begun to examine whether a Clinton administration decision to export commercial satellites to China was influenced by contributions to the Democratic Party during the 1996 campaign."


Suro, Roberto. "New FBI Spy Unit Gets Reno's Approval." Washington Post, 26 Jun. 1999, A5. []

"Officials at the FBI, CIA and Department of Defense have been discussing a possible reorganization of counterintelligence operations for months. But in the wake of a scathing congressional report on Chinese espionage, [Attorney General] Reno 'has signed off' on the proposal and forwarded it to the White House," a senior Justice Department official said on 25 June 1999.


Suro, Roberto, and John F. Harris. "President Overrode China Launch Concerns." Washington Post, 23 May 1998, A1. []

Documents released by the White House on 22 May 1998 show that "President Clinton gave the go-ahead in February" to Lorel's satellite launch in China "despite staff concerns that granting such approval might be seen as letting the company 'off the hook' in a Justice Department investigation of whether it previously provided unauthorized assistance to China's ballistic missile program." The documents also show "that the State Department and other agencies had determined that the launch ... was in 'the national interest' and recommended approval."


Suro, Roberto, and Thomas E. Ricks. "Pentagon: NATO Kosovo Air War Data Leaked." Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2000, A2. []

On 9 March 2000, Defense Department spokesman Kenneth H. Bacon told reporters traveling with Defense Secretary William S. Cohen on an Asian trip that "NATO officials believe that security leaks at the beginning of the Kosovo air war enabled the Serbian military to gain key information about NATO missions and targets.... 'There were security problems in the first two weeks of Allied Force,'" Bacon said.


Suro, Roberto, and Peter Slevin. "Fired CIA Operative Accused of Spying." Washington Post, 4 Apr. 1998, A1, A9.



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