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2013-0476.htm Francis "Frank" Archibald, Jr. CIA Covert Head May 9, 2013
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CIA selects new head of clandestine service, passing over female officer
By Greg Miller, Published: May 7
A CIA officer who was the first woman to lead the agencys clandestine
service, but was also directly involved in its controversial interrogation
program, will not get to keep that job as part of a management shake-up announced
Tuesday by CIA Director John O. Brennan.
The officer, who is undercover, served as director of the National Clandestine
Service on an interim basis over the past two months, and many considered
her a front-runner to keep the post, which involves overseeing the CIAs
spying operations worldwide.
But she faced opposition because of her extensive role in an interrogation
program that critics have said relied on torture to get information from
al-Qaeda captives after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. She had run a secret
prison in Thailand where two detainees were subjected to waterboarding and
other harsh techniques. She later helped order the destruction of videotapes
of those interrogation sessions.
Instead, Brennan has given the job to a 57-year-old longtime officer who
served tours in Pakistan and Africa and was recently in charge of the
agencys Latin America division, according to public records and former
officials. He is also undercover, U.S. officials said.
The CIA confirmed the appointment in a statement Tuesday but disputed that
the female officers ties to the interrogation program were a factor.
The assertion she was not chosen because of her affiliation with the
CT mission is absolutely not true, said CIA spokeswoman Jennifer
Youngblood, using an abbreviation for counterterrorism.
Youngblood described the new head of the spy service as a talented
and effective intelligence officer who is known for his collaborative
and inclusive leadership style. She noted that women will fill two
other senior CIA jobs.
The moves mark the resolution of an early quandary for Brennan, who faced
a bruising confirmation fight over his own ties to the interrogation program.
He had taken the unusual step of forming a panel of retired CIA officers
to evaluate candidates for the clandestine service position.
The female officer, who is in her 50s, had support within the agency and
had served as deputy director of the clandestine service. But her background
posed political problems at a time when the controversy over the agencys
treatment of detainees has reemerged.
The CIA is assembling what former officials have described as a defiant response
to a 6,000-page report recently completed by the Senate Intelligence Committee
that sharply criticizes the interrogation program as well as the agencys
claims about its results.
The report contains many references to the female officers role.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the panel, had called Brennan
to express concern that someone so closely linked to the program might lead
the agencys spying service.
After running the black site in Thailand, the female officer
returned to headquarters for a senior job at the CIAs Counterterrorism
Center. Former colleagues said she lobbied for several years to have the
videotapes taken in Thailand destroyed.
The 2005 destruction of the tapes, which went against White House lawyers
warnings, prompted a criminal investigation, but no charges were filed.
To help navigate the clandestine service decision, Brennan assembled a group
of advisers that included former senior CIA officials John McLaughlin, Stephen
Kappes and Mary Margaret Graham. McLaughlin declined to discuss the groups
deliberations, but said in an e-mail that the interim spy chief and her successor
are very fine officers with wide-ranging and successful experience
both substantively and in terms of developing and leading people.
He added that past counterterrorism policy simply did not come up and
was not a factor.
The new spy chief is a Marine Corps veteran who initially joined the CIAs
paramilitary branch but spent most of his career in traditional espionage
assignments. He assumes control at a time when Brennan has signaled concern
that intelligence collection has been hampered by the agencys emphasis
on drone strikes.
The names of both officers are widely known in the intelligence community,
but the agency requested that they not be identified because they are undercover.
The female officer is expected to resume her prior role as deputy of the
Brennans decision was complicated by the agencys history of gender
imbalance in its upper ranks. No woman has ever served as director or deputy
director of the CIA, and none had been head of the clandestine service until
the female officer was elevated to that role on an interim basis when her
A former senior CIA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said
that women at the agency will be outraged that the female officer
was denied the job. She is very popular. She is an excellent officer
and very good administrator.
The CIAs statement identified the two women chosen for senior posts
as Meroe Park, who was named executive director, and Deb Bonk, who will serve
as Brennans chief of staff. Women will hold fully half of the
positions on Brennans leadership team, Youngblood said.
Julie Tate contributed to this report.
Cia: No Woman No Cry
Spy Agency Chooses a Safe Male to Run Clandestine Service
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013
I can only imagine the wry smile on G's face when she got the news: You gotta
take a bullet for the team.
It was a moment John Le Carré might have scripted.
The CIA denies that "G"-- whose name the agency insists keeping under wraps
even though it's "widely known in intelligence, diplomatic and journalistic
circles," as the AP put it -- was denied the job of running CIA's corps of
spies because she ran a secret interrogation center where at least two accused
terrorists were waterboarded multiple times over and lobbied hard to destroy
The coup de grace came when Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence
Committee, made clear her desire that the job go to someone else. Certainly
the White House was not displeased, either.
And so the new head of the CIA's National Clandestine Service is "a 57-year-old
longtime officer who served tours in Pakistan and Africa and was recently
in charge of the agencys Latin America division, according to public
records and former officials," The Washington Post reported.
He was identified in a tweet Wednesday by John Dinges, author of The Condor
Years: How Pinochet and Chile Brought Terrorism to Three Continents, as Francis
(Frank) Archibald, "a former chief of the Latin America division and paramilitary
Most likely Archibald was chosen because there's not a whiff of scandal in
his background, as far as we know. "Bland" is a word that comes to mind.
The irony here is that three of the four people directly involved in the
decision to pass over Gina were hip deep in renditions and harsh interrogations
themselves yet remain in good odor: CIA
Frank Archibald, a former Pakistan station chief, most recently Latin America
chief, gets the job.
Director John Brennan and two members of his selection advisory panel, Stephen
Kappes and John McLaughlin.
Brennan was the agency's deputy executive director at the outset of the
Kappes, a much-lauded former CIA official, was assistant deputy director
for operations when the renditions and enhanced interrogations programs were
implemented after 9/11. According to CIA sources I talked to in 2009, he
"helped tailor the agency's paper trail regarding the death of a detainee
at a secret CIA interrogation facility in Afghanistan, known internally as
the Salt Pit."
Moreover, when Obama's intelligence transition team visited Langley in 2009,
according to an authoritative story in The Washington Post, it got a pitch
from Kappes and other CIA officials to "retain the option of reestablishing
secret prisons and using aggressive interrogation methods."
"It was one of the most deeply disturbing experiences I have had," said David
Boren, the moderate Oklahoma Democrat and former Senate Intelligence committee
chair who led the transition team.
"The main thing that people misunderstand about the program is, it was intended
to encourage compliance," John McLaughlin, deputy director of the CIA during
the the waterboarding era, told TIME. "It wasn't set out to torture people.
It was never conceived of as a torture program."
Good to know. And G's got to be smiling at that, too, as she packs her things
in a cardboard box and heads for the elevators.
New Head of C.I.A.s Clandestine Service Is Picked, as Acting Chief
Is Passed Over
By MARK MAZZETTI
Published: May 7, 2013
WASHINGTON John O. Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence
Agency, has replaced the acting head of the agencys clandestine service,
a woman who was at the center of the agencys detention and interrogation
program and played a central role in the destruction of interrogation videotapes,
American officials said on Tuesday. ...
The female officer had helped develop the C.I.A.'s detention program in the
years after the Sept. 11 attacks and was briefly in charge of the agencys
secret prison in Thailand.
In late 2005, she played a role in a decision to destroy videotapes documenting
the interrogation of the Qaeda operativesAbu ZubaydahandAbd al-Rahim al-Nashiriat
the Thailand facility. Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., then the head of the agencys
clandestine service, ordered the destruction.
The female officer was Mr. Rodriguezs chief of staff at the time, and
according to several former C.I.A. officials was a strong advocate for destroying
the tapes, which were in a safe at the agencys station in Bangkok.
The Justice Department investigated after the tapes destruction came
to light in late 2007, but no C.I.A. officers were criminally charged. After
her time as Mr. Rodriguezs chief of staff, the officer was the C.I.A.'s
station chief in London and New York before becoming acting head of the
Officer Tied to Tapes Destruction Moves Up C.I.A. Ladder
By MARK MAZZETTI
Published: March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON A C.I.A. officer directly involved in the 2005 decision
to destroy interrogation videotapes and who once ran one of the agencys
secret prisons has ascended to the top position within the C.I.A.s
clandestine service, according to current and former intelligence officials.
The promotion of the officer, who spent years working inside the agencys
Counterterrorist Center and once was in charge of a so-called black site,
played a role in developing the C.I.A.s detention and interrogation
program, was first reported by The Washington Post. Because the officer remains
undercover, The New York Times is not disclosing her identity.
The officer served as the C.I.A. station chief in London and New York, and
the branch of the agency she now leads called the National Clandestine
Service is responsible for all C.I.A. espionage operations and covert
action programs. The head of the clandestine service is one of the most coveted
jobs in the C.I.A., and has never before been run by a woman.
The destruction of dozens of C.I.A. interrogation tapes, documenting the
interrogations of Qaeda operatives Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri
in a secret C.I.A. detention facility in Thailand, was one of the most
controversial episodes of the past decade. The Justice Department undertook
an investigation into the matter after the destruction of the tapes was disclosed
in late 2007, but no C.I.A. officers were criminally charged.
The destruction was ordered by Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., who at the time was
the head of the agencys clandestine service. The officer was serving
as Mr. Rodriguezs chief of staff, and several former C.I.A. officers
said she was a strong advocate for getting rid of the tapes, which had been
sitting for years inside a safe in the agencys station in Bangkok.
She and Jose were the two main drivers for years for getting the tapes
destroyed, said one former senior C.I.A. officer.
In his book, Hard Measures: How Aggressive C.I.A. Actions After 9/11
Saved American Lives, Mr. Rodriguez wrote that he had grown frustrated
that the tapes might become public and expose the officers shown in them
to jeopardy. The female officer held a meeting with agency lawyers, Mr. Rodriguez
wrote, during which the officer was told that Mr. Rodriguez had authority
to destroy the tapes. My chief of staff drafted a cable approving the
action that we had been trying to accomplish for so long, Mr. Rodriguez
wrote. The cable left nothing to chance. It even told them how to get
rid of the tapes.
Former C.I.A. Operative Pleads Guilty in Leak of Colleagues Name
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: October 23, 2012
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Less than two months after the Justice Department
announced that it would not charge Central Intelligence Agency officials
who participated in the brutal interrogation of detainees during the Bush
administration, prosecutors on Tuesday won the conviction of a former C.I.A.
counterterrorism operative who told a reporter the name of a covert C.I.A.
officer involved in the program.
John Kiriakou after pleading guilty in Virginia on Tuesday. Prosecutors will
recommend a sentence of 30 months, rather than the decades he could have
The operative, John Kiriakou, who worked for the agency from 1990 to 2004,
admitted that he had disclosed the name of the former colleague to a reporter,
identified as Matthew Cole, formerly of ABC News. Mr. Kiriakou, who was a
leader of the team that located and captured Abu Zubaydah, a suspected high-level
facilitator for Al Qaeda, in Pakistan in 2002, pleaded guilty to violating
the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.
Mr. Kiriakou came to public attention in late 2007 when he gave an interview
to ABC News portraying the suffocation technique called waterboarding as
torture, but describing it as necessary. The interview prompted reporters
investigating the program to reach out to him.
The plea was a victory for the Obama administrations unprecedented
crackdown on the unauthorized disclosure of government secrets. Mr. Kiriakou
is one of six current or former officials to be charged with leaking under
President Obama, twice the number of cases brought by all previous presidents
On Tuesday, Mr. Kiriakou, 48, spoke calmly in court as he stood to face the
judge, Leonie M. Brinkema. His lawyer, Robert Trout, stood beside him as
the judge posed a series of questions to Mr. Kiriakou before asking him how
he would plead.
Guilty, he said, nodding slightly.
As part of the deal, prosecutors recommended a sentence of 30 months in prison,
rather than the decades he was potentially facing. They dropped several other
charges, among them that he helped Scott Shane of The New York Times identify
another colleague involved in interrogations, and that he lied to a C.I.A.
publication board reviewing his memoir, Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life
in the C.I.A.s War on Terror, published in 2010.