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C.I.A. Fires Senior Officer Over Leaks

Keywords: Rendition, National Security Council, Torture, Leaks, John Kerry

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The New York Times
April 22, 2006
C.I.A. Fires Senior Officer Over Leaks
By David Johnston and Scott Shane

The Central Intelligence Agency has dismissed a senior career officer for disclosing classified information to reporters, including material for Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Washington Post about the agency's [alleged] secret overseas prisons for terror suspects, intelligence officials said Friday.

The C.I.A. would not identify the officer, but several government officials said it was Mary O. McCarthy, a veteran intelligence analyst who until 2001 was senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, where she served under President Bill Clinton and into the Bush administration.

Ms. McCarthy's departure followed an internal investigation by the C.I.A.'s Security Center, as part of an intensified effort that began in January to scrutinize employees who had access to particularly classified information. She was given a polygraph examination, confronted about answers given to the polygraph examiner and confessed, the government officials said. On Thursday, she was stripped of her security clearance and escorted out of C.I.A. headquarters.

"A C.I.A. officer has been fired for unauthorized contact with the media and for the unauthorized disclosure of classified information," said a C.I.A. spokesman, Paul Gimigliano.

Public records show that Ms. McCarthy contributed $2,000 in 2004 to the presidential campaign of John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.


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Total for this search: $7,000

Contributor Occupation Date Amount Recipient
MCCARTHY, MARY O CENTER FOR STRATE 10/5/2004 $5,000 Democratic
MCCARTHY, MARY O U.S. GOVERNMENT/ 3/14/2004 $2,000 Kerry, John