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Sex Scandal Calls CIA’s Self-Policing Into Question

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Posted on Mar 20, 2009
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Andrew Warren, a former CIA station chief in Algeria, is accused of drugging and raping two Algerian women.

A CIA sex scandal, or, more precisely, allegations that a CIA agent raped two Algerian women, has raised questions in Congress about how the agency polices itself. Oddly, discussions of the controversy have failed to emphasize another significant “oops” moment in CIA operations regarding corruption and the need for oversight: torture.

The Washington Post:

As a novice CIA case officer in the Middle East, Andrew Warren quickly learned the value of sex in recruiting spies. Colleagues say that he made an early habit of taking informants to strip clubs, and that he later began arranging out-of-town visits to brothels for his best recruits. Often Warren would travel with them, according to two colleagues who worked with him for years.

His methods earned him promotions and notoriety over a lengthy career, until Warren, 41, became ensnared in a sex scandal. Two Algerian women have accused the Virginia native of drugging and sexually assaulting them, and, in one instance, videotaping the encounter.

Six weeks after the allegations came to light, Warren has been formally notified by CIA Director Leon E. Panetta of his impending dismissal, according to U.S. government officials familiar with the case. But the episode—one of three sex-related scandals to shake the CIA this year—has drawn harsh questions from Congress about whether the agency adequately polices its far-flung workforce or takes sufficient steps to root out corrupt behavior.

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By Yahright, April 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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We all know intuitively that men in these powerful and intimidating
positions have been taking advantage of their positions for purposes of free
sex. They just finally got caught.

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By hmmm, March 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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^^ Hmmm. Kennedy tried doing that didn’t he?

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By truthofthematter, March 21, 2009 at 11:17 am Link to this comment
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A “sex scandal” is having an illicit affair or something akin…in other words, between consenting adults.

Sexual assault is not a sex scandal, it is a hate crime.

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By marcus medler, March 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment
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The whole concept of the C.I.A. is bogus. INTELLIGENCE! Save money and shut it down. It embodies the saddest of the sad of 20th century American history.

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By diamond, March 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

What a joke! The whole CIA needs to be flushed out like a toilet. It’s corrupt and power mad from the top down.

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