Thursday, January 26, 2012
CIA to pull officer from NYPD after internal probe
WASHINGTON — A CIA operative's unusual assignment inside the New York Police Department is being cut short.
The agency's inspector general opened an investigation after The Associated Press revealed how NYPD spying operations put Muslim communities under scrutiny. Many of those operations were built in close collaboration with the CIA.
The CIA was cleared of wrongdoing but officials said the report criticized how the agency began its collaboration with city police. They said CIA oversight was haphazard when it sent an operative to New York following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The officer working there now has better oversight but lawmakers have nevertheless raised questions and the director of national intelligence said the partnership looked bad.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the findings.