The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
— “Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project,” Scott Shane, New York Times (more here)
Details of the CIA program remain secret; what has leaked is information about the former Vice President’s role in concealing the activities from Congressional intelligence oversight committees. This comes a day after inspector generals of five intelligence agencies reported that Mr. Cheney’s office restricted knowledge about a warrantless eavesdropping program of questionable legality, and the excessive restrictions diminished any usefulness the data might have had.
Cheney to CIA: Don’t Tell Congress About Program,” Slate
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“Cheney ‘ordered CIA to hide plan,'” BBC
“Official: Cheney, Tenet hid CIA program,” Washington Times
“Dick Cheney ordered CIA to conceal counter-terror operations from Congress,” The Times
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