December 31, 2003 |
Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday bowed out of the politically charged investigation into who leaked the name of a covert CIA officer, an action that suggests the probe could touch people in the Bush administration who have ties to Ashcroft. Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney in Chicago, was named as a special prosecutor to handle the probe. He will report to Deputy Attorney General James Comey but was given "the power and authority to make whatever prosecutorial judgment he needs," Comey said.
March 6, 2004 |
The White House will comply with federal grand jury subpoenas seeking telephone records from Air Force One to determine whether presidential aides used the plane's phones to leak the name of a CIA officer to reporters, a White House spokesman said yesterday. The focus on calls from the presidential aircraft is one of several angles investigators are pursuing in their effort to find a leaker. Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson contends that Bush administration officials disclosed the identity of his wife to punish him for speaking against the war in Iraq.
April 30, 2004 |
A former U.S. diplomat said yesterday that Vice President Cheney's office mounted a campaign to discredit him after he challenged President Bush's assertion that Saddam Hussein had secretly tried to buy uranium in Africa for nuclear weapons. The campaign, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson alleged, included calls to reporters revealing that his wife was an undercover CIA officer. Wilson spoke the day before a book he has written, The Politics of Truth, goes on sale. He visited the West African nation of Niger in February 2002 on a CIA-sponsored trip to examine the claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium there.
October 29, 2010 |
An acquaintance of Match.com creep Jeffrey Marsalis from when the two were students at Drexel University was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in a federal lockup for lying to a grand jury. U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond ordered Greg Eric Hruby, who had been free on bail, taken into custody immediately. Hruby, 38, of Gatlinburg, Tenn., pleaded guilty last December in connection with false testimony during a federal investigation in 2007 into Marsalis impersonating a CIA officer as part of a ruse to victimize unsuspecting women.
October 8, 2003 |
President Bush said yesterday that he had "no idea" whether the Justice Department would ever find out who in his administration revealed the identity of an undercover CIA officer. The White House ruled out three top aides as the possible source of the leaked information: Karl Rove, Bush's chief political strategist; Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff; and Elliott Abrams, a senior director on the National Security Council. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said he questioned all three in response to media reports identifying them as possible leak sources, and they denied it. A senior administration official identified CIA officer Valerie Plame when talking last summer to syndicated columnist Robert Novak about Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, according to Novak, who has declined to name his source.
November 26, 1996 |
ALEXANDRIA, VA. Spy suspect denied bail CIA officer Harold J. Nicholson, charged with spying for Russia, was denied bail yesterday at a hearing in which prosecutors revealed he has a Swiss bank account with $61,000 he did not report on financial disclosure forms. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rawles Jones Jr. concluded there is "a serious risk of flight" by the former CIA station chief and that he could pose a danger if released. Nicholson will plead innocent Dec. 2, his court-appointed lawyers reaffirmed.
January 5, 2013
Film New this week: Zero Dark Thirty (**** out of four stars) Kathryn Bigelow's slow-burning and brilliant account of the decade-long Osama bin Laden manhunt, with Jessica Chastain as the CIA officer determined to track the al-Qaeda figure down, no matter what. Rated R. - Steven Rea Music Midge Ure From the boy-band bubblegum of Silk in the '70s to the synth-pop of Ultravox in the '80s - with stops at Thin Lizzy, the Rich Kids, and Visage in between - Midge Ure has long been a centerpiece of the musical landscape in the United Kingdom.
September 29, 2011
* DEXTER. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. * HOMELAND. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. ON THE SHOWTIME spectrum of personality disorders, Carrie Mathison, the CIA officer portrayed by Claire Danes in the network's new drama, "Homeland," barely registers. Yes, those are some scary-sounding pills she's taking for a long-time mood problem she's neglected to mention to her security-conscious bosses. And, OK, it may be paranoia, not patriotism, that's led her to turn the home of a returning war hero into the set of her own private production of "Big Brother.
May 17, 2013 |
MOSCOW - All that low-tech equipment that Russian security officers displayed for the TV cameras after detaining Ryan Fogle, American diplomat and alleged spy, made it look as though he stepped right out of the annals of 1980s Cold War espionage. Now, the Interfax news agency is reporting that the wigs he allegedly had with him match a wig seized from Michael Sellers, a U.S. diplomat kicked out of the Soviet Union back in 1986. That wig is in the archives of the FSB, Russia's Federal Security Service.
September 30, 2005 |
Judge OK's release of more Abu-Ghraib abuse pix, tapes A federal judge in New York yesterday ordered the release of three videotapes and 74 more pictures of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib, rejecting government arguments it would provoke terrorists and incite violence against U.S. troops in Iraq. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said terrorists "do not need pretexts for their barbarism" and that suppressing the pictures would amount to submitting to blackmail.