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# cia - Thursday 26 May, 2011

CIA will be granted access to bin Laden house

US intelligence forces will be given an opportunity to search for fingerprints and other evidence in Abbottabad.

# cia - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: Noonan promises good news in today’s Exchequer figures; two barmen go on trial for the manslaughter of a customer who drank himself to death and why using the word ‘pet’ is insulting to your family moggy, er, animal companion.

# cia - Wednesday 27 April, 2011

Petraeus tipped as new head of the CIA CIA

Petraeus tipped as new head of the CIA

US officials have indicated that the next head of the CIA will be General David Petraeus – the current head of international forces in Afghanistan.

# cia - Friday 22 April, 2011

US missiles kill 25 people 'including women and children' in Pakistan

The attack, aimed at targeting Taliban militants, is unlikely to improve already strained and deteriorating relations between Washington and Islamabad.

# cia - Saturday 19 March, 2011

From The Daily Edge Former CIA agent behind 'Fair Game' turns to spy novels Career Change

Former CIA agent behind 'Fair Game' turns to spy novels

Valerie Plame Wilson, outed as a CIA agent in 2003, has agreed a deal with Penguin for a series of thrillers starring a female spy.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know: Japan pushes to restore Fukushima plant’s energy supply; gardaí continue to investigate after bodies found in Clare; and it looks like St Patrick was a step ahead of today’s health food culture.

# cia - Thursday 26 August, 2010

THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA) has played down the significance of a document posted to the Wikileaks website which asks how foreign countries would react if the United States was to ‘export’ terrorism.

The three-page document, written in February and posted to the website yesterday, asked ‘What If Foreigners See the United States as an Exporter of Terrorism’ and examines the potential reaction of the international community if American citizens were to perpetrate a terrorist act, either within or outside of the country’s borders.

The document is labelled “secret”, one step short of the CIA’s ‘top secret’ ranking for its most sensitive documents. The CIA has moved to assure the press that the leaked document is not one of massive importance, however.

This is not a blockbuster paper,” an American intelligence official told CNN, though admitting that “it’s always disturbing when classified information is inappropriately disclosed.”

The CIA’s official spokesman, George Little, explained that the document was “clearly identified as coming from the agency’s ‘Red Cell’” and was “designed to simply provoke thought and present different points of view.”

The document, which cites Irish-American financial support for the IRA as an example of exported terrorism, suggested that foreign countries would request information from the US on people they believed to be terrorists, with those governments refusing to allow American to ‘extract’ terrorists from their countries if it refused to comply.

In some cases, it supposed, a refusal to cooperate would lead to other countries secretly extracting American citizens from US soil in order to detain them for questioning.

# cia - Thursday 15 July, 2010

AN IRANIAN scientist who claims he was abducted by the US, said he was interrogated by US agents for 14 months about Iran’s nuclear programme. Shahram Amiri, 32, arrived back in Tehran today and was met at the airport by relatives and friends.

In a press conference after his arrival, he said he was controlled by armed CIA agents and threatened repeatedly. The US has denied all of the allegations. Iran denies that Shahram Amiri is a nuclear scientist.

His wife said she didn’t know whether he was dead or alive until Iranian state TV broadcast video messages from Mr Amiri, alleging he had been taken by US agents during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. On the same day, a contradictory message attributed to him said he was in the US to continue his education:

# cia - Wednesday 14 July, 2010

AN IRANIAN nuclear scientist who claims that he was abducted by the CIA is on his way back to Iran.

Shahram Amiri is first flying to Qatar and will arrive in Tehran on Thursday.

Amiri disappeared while on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2009. He came to the attention of the international community when he appeared in a video, claiming he had been kidnapped by the CIA.

Two more videos were subsequently released; the second shows Amiri denying he had been kidnapped and the third shows him renewing his accusation against the CIA.

The White House denies that Amiri was captured by the agency.

Hassan Ghashghavi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, said that the Islamic Republic has the right to sue the US  for “damages” caused by Amiri’s ill treatment.

In an interview on the national Iranian news channel, Amiri said he was abducted by three Persian-speaking men as he traveled to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, reports the Tehran Times.

Mohammad Karami Raad, a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told Fars News Agency that the abduction of Amiri was an instance of state-sponsored-terrorism by the US.

The US has said that Amiri was a nuclear scientist who deflected and provided valuable information regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. Amiri claims that US interrogators forced a confession from him.