Ex-CIA spy hunter drops intelligence post bid
Ex-spy hunter drops intelligence post bid
By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
March 31, 2006
Former CIA spy hunter Paul Redmond, who helped catch notorious Moscow mole
Aldrich Ames, has withdrawn from consideration to become the Bush
administration's top counterspy, U.S. intelligence officials say.
Mr. Redmond had been selected to be national counterintelligence
executive, but backed out after the FBI held up his formal appointment by
conducting a lengthy background investigation, said officials speaking on
the condition of anonymity.
Carl Kropf, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National
Intelligence (DNI), declined to comment.
"The selection process for the national counterintelligence executive is
under way," Mr. Kropf said. "Until a final selection is made, we decline to
discuss the status of any individual currently under consideration for this
Mr. Redmond could not be reached for comment. In addition to uncovering
Ames in 1993, Mr. Redmond conducted the damage assessment into the case of
FBI counterintelligence agent Robert Hanssen, who spied for Moscow for 16
years before his 2001 arrest.
The national counterintelligence post and the deputy position in what is
called NCIX remain vacant following the resignations of Michelle Van Cleave
in January and Ken deGraffenreid a month earlier.
The office was recently placed under DNI John D. Negroponte as part of
intelligence reform efforts, setting off a dispute over the role of
President Bush signed an executive order in March 2005 calling for
aggressive, offensive counterintelligence activities against foreign spies.
However, intelligence officials under Mr. Negroponte, including DNI
Mission Manager for Collection Mary Margaret Graham, are opposing the new
policy and instead favor making counterintelligence a passive support
function for U.S. spying.
Counterspy posts at the CIA and FBI also remain vacant or held by acting
officials at a time when foreign spying continues to plague the
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a congressional committee
earlier this week that Chinese spying is a "major threat" to the United
A Pentagon report on the Iraq war made public March 24 highlighted
Russian spying against the U.S. military and its military facility in Doha,
Qatar. The report said documents obtained in Iraq showed that Russian
intelligence passed U.S. war plans and other operational military data to
Saddam Hussein's forces before the war.
The disclosure so far has not led to an investigation.
Asked about the Russian spying, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
told reporters Tuesday that he was not informed about it before its
publication in the Iraq war report. "It certainly would be something that
one would look into," he said.
A spokesman for the U.S. Central Command said yesterday that there were
no immediate plans to conduct an investigation into the documents related to
the compromise at Doha.
A Pentagon spokesman also had no immediate comment.
The muted response to the Russian spying report contrasts sharply with
other statements by Mr. Rumsfeld and CIA Director Porter J. Goss. Both have
denounced intelligence disclosures to the press as undermining U.S. national
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