May 17th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

U.S. contradicts Taliban leader on bin Laden visits

Visits by outsiders to the Osama bin Laden compound were "few and far between," a U.S. official said.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, disputed comments published in the Daily Beast website from a Taliban leader in Afghanistan who suggested Osama bin Laden was not isolated and did receive visitors at the Pakistan compound. The Daily Beast report said the senior Taliban leader claimed to have visited bin Laden in the Abbottabad compound two years ago.

While more could be learned about bin Laden's activities, including visitors, as U.S. agents go through the materials seized from the compound, but thus far U.S. intelligence suggests visits were "infrequent," according to the official.

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October 26th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

CIA suicide bomber: What went wrong depends on who you ask

 In the wake of the deadly attack at one of its bases in Afghanistan, there is disagreement among CIA veterans about what went wrong.

Intelligence officials, both current and former, all agree that mistakes were made. But what that says about the broader problems in the CIA is a matter of debate. Ask some and it is a matter of communication. Others, a problem of a lack of experience.

In a report finalized this week, CIA Director Leon Panetta concluded it was a systemic failure within the agency and not the actions of one person or group that enabled a Jordanian informant to blow himself up along with nine other people at the remote CIA post. FULL POST

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October 19th, 2010
07:14 PM ET

CIA: Concerns about informant ignored before attack

Before a suicide attack on a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan, last December, some people within the CIA and the Jordanian intelligence service were skeptical about the reliability of a Jordanian informant, but those concerns were not passed onto officers on the base where Humam Abu-Mulai al-Bulawi blew himself up, taking seven CIA employees and three others with him.

These findings are part of a just-completed CIA review.

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March 17th, 2010
07:09 AM ET

Ex-CIA spy speaks out in new book

In his new book, "The Reluctant Spy," John Kiriakou gives an insider's view of his secret life as a spy and his role in fighting the war on terror.

Read the full story and watch video of the interview from CNN National Security Producer Pam Benson

December 4th, 2009
02:03 PM ET

White House OKs expanding CIA drone program in Pakistan

      WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House has authorized an expansion of the CIA's program to attack suspected al Qaeda and Taliban operatives in Pakistan along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border with missiles shot from pilotless planes, a U.S. official confirms. 

      The covert effort is part of the Obama administration's plan to increase the number of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and crack down on suspected terrorists in the region.  FULL POST

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