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Senators Raise Questions About Former CIA Chief Accused of Security Breach




Senators Raise Questions About Former CIA Chief Accused of Security Breach
Senators Raise Questions About Former CIA Chief Accused of Security Breach



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http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003084854 

By Tim Starks
CQ Politics
March 25, 2009

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee signed on to a letter late 
last week questioning whether a former CIA director appointed by the 
nation=E2=80=99s spy chief should be allowed to keep his security clearance=2E

Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein , D-Calif., signed the 
classified letter, written by Sen. Tom Coburn , R-Okla., raising 
questions about former CIA Director John M. Deutch, who in 2001 was 
prepared to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling 
government secrets before President Bill Clinton pardoned him.

Dennis C. Blair , the director of national intelligence, appointed 
Deutch this year to an advisory panel reviewing spy satellite programs, 
which has recently concluded its work.

Sources familiar with the letter said it was signed by all the 
Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as 
Democratic members Evan Bayh of Indiana and Bill Nelson of Florida, in 
addition to Feinstein.

Coburn said Wednesday that the letter to Blair laid out =E2=80=9Cdetails of what 
happened=E2=80=9D regarding Deutch=E2=80=99s =E2=80=9Cwhole management=E2=80=9D of the CIA and 
=E2=80=9Csignificant breach=E2=80=9D of security, referring to his storage of classified 
information on unsecured home computers, which drew a Justice Department 
investigation.

=E2=80=9CWhat signal does that send to people lower down?=E2=80=9D Coburn said.

As CIA director, George Tenet suspended Deutch=E2=80=99s security clearance, but 
Tenet=E2=80=99s successor, Gen. Michael V. Hayden , restored it in 2007.

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