Directors of Central Intelligence

John M. Deutch

DCI, 10 May 1995-15 Dec. 1996

Through February 2000

Arranged chronologically

Klaidman, Daniel, with Gregory L. Vistica. "Was the Spymaster Too Sloppy?" Newsweek, 19 Apr.1999, 42.

"Justice sources tell Newsweek that when [John M.] Deutch was CIA director, he ... routinely took his work home with him,... removing highly sensitive intelligence materials from CIA headquarters and accessing them on his unsecured personal computer even though he had a secure CIA computer in the house.... The Justice Department, which investigated the case for more than a year, decided not to press criminal charges, and has referred the matter back to the CIA. Officials close to the case say that the CIA's inspector general is preparing a 'scathing' report about Deutch's alleged security breaches, and the agency is considering whether to revoke his high-level security clearances." See also, Walter Pincus, "Ex-CIA Chief Is Cleared in Probe of Home Files," Washington Post, 12 Apr. 1999, A8.

Myers, Steven Lee. "Former Chief of C.I.A. Is Stripped of Right to Classified Information." New York Times, 21 Aug. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The CIA announced on 20 August 1999 that the security clearance of former DCI John M. Deutch had been "suspended." The Agency concluded that Deutch "had improperly handled national secrets on a desktop computer at his home." See also, Vernon Loeb, "Deutch's CIA Clearance Suspended," Washington Post, 21 Aug. 1999, A2.

Newsweek. "Periscope: Double Trouble." 8 Nov. 1999, 6.

"A new CIA report says ex-CIA director John Deutch may have tampered with evidence in an inquiry into his misuse of classified files, sources say.... The report also says Deutch had mishandled secret files at the Pentagon in the early '90s. Congressmen, angered that Justice hasn't prosecuted, are now livid."

Risen, James. "C.I.A. Inquiry of Its Ex-Director Was Stalled at Top, Report Says." New York Times, 1 Feb. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A report by the CIA's inspector general "details a series of actions by the agency's former executive director and general counsel that it says 'had the effect of delaying a prompt and thorough investigation'" into evidence that former DCI John M. Deutch mishandled classified materials. The report asserts that current DCI George Tenet, who was previously Deutch's top deputy, "should have done more to 'forcefully ensure' that the case was properly investigated.... The report did not accuse Mr. Tenet or his aides of violating any laws in their handling of the incident. But at the inspector general's recommendation, the C.I.A. has set up a special panel to examine whether Mr. Tenet and other top officials handled the case appropriately." See also, Vernon Loeb and Walter Pincus, "CIA Is Faulted for Not Probing Deutch's Actions," Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2000, A8.

Risen, James. "Chief of Intelligence Defends Role in Inquiry of Ex-Director." New York Times, 2 Feb. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 1 February 2000, DCI George J. Tenet issued a statement denying "that senior C.I.A. officials had impeded an internal investigation into evidence that Mr. Deutch had placed classified documents on unclassified computers in his home." Tenet said "he had taken 'decisive action' last year after receiving the results of an investigation by the C.I.A.'s inspector general.... Mr. Tenet suspended Mr. Deutch's security clearances indefinitely last August."

Loeb, Vernon. "Tenet Offers 'No Excuse': Senate Panel Hears CIA Chief on Deutch's Security Lapses." Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2000, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DCI George J. Tenet told a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 2 February that "he has 'no excuse' for the CIA's failure to notify the Justice Department in December 1996 that former CIA director John M. Deutch had kept 'enormously sensitive material' on unsecure computers in his home." See also, James Risen, "C.I.A. Admits Slow Move in Security Slip," New York Times, 3 Feb. 2000.

Goodman, Melvin. "The CIA Must Come Clean." IntellectualCapital.com, 10 Feb. 2000. [http://www.intellectualcapital.com]

The author comments on the Deutch security violations, DCI George Tenet's role in the Deutch investigation, and recent failings in the CIA's intelligence.

Risen, James. "Ex-C.I.A. Chief, During Inquiry, Helped an Aide." New York Times, 12 Feb. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Former DCI John M. Deutch recommended then-CIA Executive Director Nora Slatkin "for a management job at Citibank even as she was monitoring an internal investigation into evidence that he had mishandled classified information, according to agency records and interviews with officials."

Calabresi, Massimo. "The Mac that Shook National Security." Time, 14 Feb. 2000, 24.

Former DCI John M. Deutch "compose[d] 74 documents containing highly classified information ... on an unsecure Macintosh at his home." See also, Warren P. Strobel, "A Former Spy Chief's Errant Ways," U.S. News and World Report, 14 Feb. 2000, 27.

Gertz, Bill. "Pentagon Probe Targets Deutch." Washington Times, 17 Feb. 2000.

According to defense and intelligence officials, the Pentagon has established a special panel to investigate "whether ultrasecret 'black programs' were compromised by former CIA Director John Deutch after he put details about some of the Defense Department's most sensitive activities on his home computers."

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Office of Inspector General. Investigations Staff. Report of Investigation: Improper Handling of Classified Information by John M. Deutch. (1998-0028-IG) Washington, DC: 18 Feb. 2000.

Click for text of the unclassified version of the IG's report.

Pincus, Walter. "Contract Let Deutch Keep Computers: Ex-CIA Chief Became Consultant to Retain Machines With Classified Data." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2000, A10. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

"Shortly before his December 1996 retirement, then-CIA Director John M. Deutch negotiated for himself a no-fee consultant contract that enabled him to keep at his home's three agency computers on which he had stored highly classified information, according to officials familiar with a report by the CIA's inspector general."

Myers, Steven Lee. "Former C.I.A. Director Left Secrets Open to Theft, Agency Investigator Says." New York Times, 23 Feb. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to a report by the CIA's Inspector General released on 22 February 2000, investigators accessing home computers used by former DCI John M. Deutch "found 42 secret documents and fragments of 32 others and could not rule out the possibility that some of the information may have been stolen by hackers." The report, "an unclassified version of a longer report given to Congress last year," was released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Loeb, Vernon. "Deutch Apologizes for Mishandling Secrets on Home Computer." Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2000, A11. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Former DCI John M. Deutch "publicly apologized [on 22 February 2000] for mishandling top-secret information on unsecure home computers, saying he never intended to violate security rules and believes none of the information was compromised."

Gertz, Bill. "Probe Shifts Focus to Ex-CIA Counsel." Washington Times, 24 Feb. 2000.

The SSCI "is focusing on the actions of former CIA general counsel Michael O'Neil who was identified in a CIA report as withholding information from investigators and the Justice Department about activities" of former DCI John Deutch.

Loeb, Vernon, and David A. Vise. "Reno Reviews CIA Probe of Ex-Director; Comparisons With Lee Case Prompt Concern at Justice." Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2000, A21. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

On 24 February 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno said that "she is reviewing former CIA director John M. Deutch's home computer security breaches and the CIA's failure to promptly report possible crimes by Deutch to the Justice Department." See also, James Risen, "U.S. Opens New Review of Ex-C.I.A. Chief's Case," New York Times, 25 Feb. 2000.


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