Directors of Central Intelligence

John M. Deutch

DCI, 10 May 1995-15 Dec. 1996

From March 2000

Arranged chronologically

Gertz, Bill. "CIA Lawyer Will Not Answer Senate Questions on Deutch." Washington Times, 7 Mar. 2000. [http://www.washtimes.com]

According to his attorney, former CIA general counsel Michael O'Neil "will decline to answer questions about his role in a security investigation of former CIA Director John Deutch" in a 7 March 2000 appearance before the SSCI. The attorney said that "O'Neil will not answer questions from the panel until the Justice Department completes its review of whether CIA officials acted improperly in handling the investigation of Mr. Deutch."

Associated Press, "Ex-CIA Lawyer Pleads 5th in Probe," 7 Mar. 2000, reports that O'Neil "invoked his right not to incriminate himself and refused to answer questions [on 7 March 2000] from Senate Intelligence Committee members about computer security lapses by former CIA Director John Deutch."

Loeb, Vernon. "Panel Criticizes CIA's Investigation of Deutch." Washington Post, 6 May 2000, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In a report briefed to President Clinton and SSCI leaders, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), chaired by former senator Warren B. Rudman (R-NH), "has criticized the CIA's internal investigation of security violations by its former director, John M. Deutch, faulting current CIA Director George J. Tenet and other high-ranking officials for failing to aggressively pursue the case."

Risen, James. "Criminal Investigation Follows Review of Agency's Internal Handling of Deutch." New York Times, 6 May 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to government officials, "[t]he Justice Department and the F.B.I. have begun a criminal investigation to determine whether the former director of the C.I.A., John M. Deutch, mishandled classified material by placing it on unsecure computers in his home."

Rodriguez, Paul M., J. Michael Waller, and Catherine Edwards. "Deutch in the Hot Seat for Breach." Insight on the News, 15 May 2000, 6.

Former DCI John M. Deutch "is in 'serious' trouble and is expected to face charges brought by the Justice Department's criminal division.... 'This involves far more than what has been reported in the press,' said a top federal official.... 'The review has uncovered some very serious offenses."

York, Bryon. "Deep in Deutch." The American Spectator, Jul.-Aug. 2000, 26-31.

Deutch may yet face criminal charges for his mishandling of classified materials.

Vise, David A., and Vernon Loeb. "U.S. Probe of Former CIA Chief Expands." Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"John M. Deutch, who has admitted mishandling classified information while serving as director of the CIA, is now under investigation for similar security violations when he previously held high-level posts in the Defense Department, according to confidential documents and officials familiar with the case."

Associated Press. "U.S. Clears Ex-C.I.A. Chief Over Secrets." 2 Feb. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In a report released on 1 February 2001, the Defense Department says that the "secrets that John M. Deutch ... kept on his unsecured home computer apparently did not fall into the wrong hands.... 'While the possibility of compromise cannot be foreclosed,' the report ... concluded, 'our analysts have found no evidence of compromise.'"

Lacey, Marc. "Clinton Issues Pardons, Clearing Deutch and McDougal, but Not Milken or Hubbell." New York Times, 21 Jan. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 20 January 2001, President "Bill Clinton issued pardons to 140 people, including John Deutch."

Deutch, John. "The Smart Approach to Intelligence." Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2002, A17. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The former DCI takes issue with Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's recommendation to "consolidate authority for intelligence activities in the Department of Defense under a new undersecretary of defense for intelligence.... To be effective, intelligence activities must be integrated with the command, control and communication of military forces.... It would be folly to separate the 'I' from these related C3 functions.... [I]t would make better sense to elevate the assistant secretary (C3I) to the rank of undersecretary.... It would be logical then to have an assistant secretary for intelligence reporting to the undersecretary for C3I."

Hess, Pamela, and Anne Flaherty. "Controversial Ex-CIA Director Named to Spy Panel." Associated Press, 5 Feb. 2009. [http://www.ap.com]

According to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), DNI Dennis Blair "has asked former CIA Director John Deutch, who was stripped of his security clearance nearly a decade ago for mishandling classified information, to sit on an advisory panel on spy satellites.... [C]oncerns about the appointment [were raised] at the confirmation hearing [on 5 February 2009] of Leon Panetta to become CIA director."

Benson, Pam. "Former CIA Chiefs Call on President to Stop Interrogation Probe." CNN, 18 Sep. 2009. [http://www.cnn.com]

In a letter sent to President Barack Obama on 18 September 2009, former CIA directors John Deutch, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, James Schlesinger, George Tenet, William Webster, and James Woolsey urged the president "to stop the criminal investigation of people involved in the CIA's harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists."

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