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FRINFORMSUM: 11/10/2010

November 10, 2010

Jose Rodriguez Jr., the former CIA Director of Clandestine Service who authorized the destruction of the CIA’s video recordings of torture, will not face legal charges for his actions.  Federal prosecutor John Durham may still charge Rodriguez and other CIA officers for crimes allegedly committed at secret “black sites” prisons, and for obstructing the investigation into the videotapes’ destruction.

Rodriguez justified destroying the tapes by writing in an email, that “the heat from destroying [the torture videos] is nothing compared to what it would be if the tapes ever got into the public domain.”

Former President George W. Bush’s upcoming memoir, Decision Points, will describe unreported friction between the United States and Israel. The Telegraph reveals that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked Bush for United States military action against a Syrian nuclear facility. CIA Director Michael Hayden reported that while the facility likely contained a nuclear reactor, it was probably not a threat. To Olmert’s displeasure, Bush refused.

The armed forces of Nicaragua would be well-advised NOT to place such heavy emphasis on the use of Google Maps.

The CIA has filed suit (which has been rumored for some time) against former agent Ishmael Jones for an alleged breach of secrecy. Two years ago, Jones published “The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture,” critique which National Review called, “Excellent…a devastating and alarming picture.”

The CIA did not attempt to buy up and destroy every copy of the book.

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