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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071012/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/cia_inspector_general Reports: CIA chief investigating IG By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer 1
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      Reports: CIA chief investigating IG

      By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour,
      32 minutes ago

      WASHINGTON - The work of the CIA's in-house
      investigator who found fault with the agency's
      handling of the Sept. 11 attacks is being subjected to
      an internal review, published reports say.

      The move, which is highly unusual, has raised concerns
      that CIA Director Michael Hayden is trying to squelch
      the investigations of Inspector General John
      Helgerson, The Los Angeles Times and The New York
      Times reported Friday, citing anonymous officials.

      Helgerson has been aggressive in his investigations of
      the CIA, criticizing senior figures including former
      Director George Tenet and officers involved in the
      agency's detention of terrorist suspects.

      The CIA rarely comments on media reports but on
      Thursday night the agency sought to play down the
      newspapers' characterizations of the review. A CIA
      spokesman said in a statement that Hayden firmly
      believes in the work of the Office of the Inspector
      General.

      "Director Hayden ... has, since taking the helm at
      CIA, accepted the vast majority of its findings. His
      only goal is to help this office, like any office at
      the agency, do its vital work even better," CIA
      spokesman Paul Gimigliano said. "That's why he asked a
      seasoned observer like Bob Deitz to take a look at the
      Office of Inspector General and, if need be, suggest
      specific improvements for consideration by the unit
      itself."

      Deitz is a longtime adviser to Hayden, the former
      National Security Agency director, and now serves as
      his senior counselor at the CIA. "He — like everyone
      else involved — comes to this task with just one
      preconception: an absolute belief in the value of an
      independent, rigorous Office of Inspector General,"
      Gimigliano said.

      Gimigliano would not comment on what kind of
      improvements in the IG office might be needed or
      considered. He said that Helgerson was aware of the
      review and congressional aides have also been briefed.

      Helgerson has been highly critical of the CIA. In a
      report in August, for example, he concluded that Tenet
      and other senior leaders never developed a
      comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial
      opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to
      the Sept. 11 attacks. The agency recently declassified
      portions of the embarrassing findings under
      congressional orders.

      Helgerson has also been highly critical, in classified
      reports, of the agency's treatment of detainees.

      The papers said the review was focusing on complaints
      that Helgerson's office has not been impartial and has
      assumed guilt on the part of agency operatives,
      particularly those who participated in the agency's
      detention programs.
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