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Washington Post. "[Editorial:] Again, the CIA and the Press." 21 Feb. 1996, A18.

[Text] "The latest life-imitates-art entry involves the CIA. A task force assembled by the Council on Foreign Relations had suggested reviewing the agency's 20-year ban on recruitment of American journalists and journals for covert assignment. It was a controversial proposal, drawing the fire of, among others, the president of the council. But meanwhile somebody was telling The Post's Walter Pincus that, unbeknownst even to many intelligence officials, the CIA all along had a 'waiver' permitting use of journalistic cover on 'extraordinarily rare' occasions. To those who believe that generally the CIA should keep hands off but that in certain exceptional circumstances it should have the option of reaching in, the argument was over.

Washington Post. "Australian Faces More Spy Charges." 16 Jul. 1999, B2. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

Jean-Philippe Wispelaere was indicted on 15 July 1999 by a federal grand jury in Alexandria "on a charge of espionage and a second count of attempted espionage for allegedly selling U.S. secrets to a foreign country."


Washington Post. "[Editorial:] Chipping Away at Liberty." Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2002, A24. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The unanimous decision" by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review "presents a compelling reading of the law. The fault for the problem it creates lies not with the court but with Congress, for the carelessness and haste with which it passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and its unwillingness to push back against Bush administration excesses."


Washington Post ("From News Sevices"). "CIA Officer's Body Brought Home to Family." 3 Dec. 2001, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 2 December 2001, a military transport plane returned Spann's body to Andrews Air Force Base. "Family, friends and CIA colleagues attended a brief ceremony in which a Marine honor guard carried the coffin, draped in an American flag, to a hearse."


Washington Post. "[Editorial:] A CIA Secret." 28 Dec. 1998, A24. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

"[T]he CIA is refusing to release the intelligence budget request for 1999 and is vigorously opposing a suit that is seeking that information.... The budget request ... is a critical figure in any public policy debate about the intelligence budget, because it involves pending public policy questions.... The government's unwillingness to disclose the budget request smacks of reflexive government secrecy and of an unreadiness of the agency to subject itself to the most rudimentary public accountability. The CIA should reconsider."


Washington Post. "[Editorial:] Cloak Over the CIA Budget." 29 Nov. 1999, A22. [http:// www.washingtonpost.com]

"It simply cannot be that the same figures can sensibly be unclassified one year and classified the next." Clark comment: It does not help this discussion that the main media seemingly refuse to learn the difference between the CIA (one agency) budget and the Intelligence (multiple agencies) budget, the latter being the figure released in the two previous years.


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