CIA Under Fire for Failure in Iraq

Critics say agency did not provide adequate warning of Islamic State attack
People inspect buildings damaged by an Iraqi government airstrike on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant controlled city of Mosul

The CIA failed to provide adequate warning of the recent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant military incursion into Iraq despite having a significant presence of agency officers in the country, according to U.S. officials and security analysts.

The True Story of the Last Cuban Diplomat to the U.S.

…and why his son is suing the CIA
Cuban soldiers bearing their national flag / AP

As a kid, Sergio Florez remembers a lot of interesting company coming over for dinner in their New York City home. The conversations were peppered with references to international affairs, Fidel Castro, and Cuba.

Florez’s father, Armando, was a former Cuban diplomat to the United States, Belgium, India, and Czechoslovakia who later defected to America and became a vocal critic of the Castro regime.

Spy Satellites Reveal Ancient Archaeological Sites

1960s CIA photos show ancient ‘roads and canals’
Corona satellite / AP

JERUSALEM—The number of identified archaeological sites in the Middle East has been tripled by an outdated technology that could not be replicated today—Cold War satellite photographs.

CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide

Death did not take place at CIA headquarters

A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.

CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va.

CIA Sued for Mandela Records

FOIA activist seeking CIA’s files on South African leader
The late South African President Nelson Mandela / AP

A transparency advocate is suing the Central Intelligence Agency to obtain the agency’s files on Nelson Mandela, the late South African anti-Apartheid activist and Nobel Prize laureate.

Rep. Frank Wolf’s Office: Legal Representation Obtained by CIA Officer

Claims agent is facing a backlash for refusing to sign Benghazi non-disclosure agreement
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) / AP

Rep. Frank Wolf’s (R., Va.) office publicly disclosed on Tuesday the name of the D.C. law firm said to be representing a CIA employee who is allegedly facing backlash for refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting discussion of the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.