- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shortly
before his December 1996 retirement, then-CIA Director John Deutch negotiated
a no-fee consultant contract that enabled him to keep three agency computers
on which he had stored highly classified information, the Washington Post
reported on Tuesday.
- The newspaper, citing officials familiar with a report
by the CIA's inspector general, said the contract was signed eight days
after Deutch asked the CIA's administrative chief to find a way that he
could keep a laptop and two desktop computers.
- The computers were unsecured and attached to the Internet.
But during his 20 months as the nation's top intelligence official, Deutch
had composed on them highly classified documents, including memos to President
Clinton and reports on trips to CIA stations abroad that mentioned secret
operations, according to the Post report.
- Deutch, who served as deputy defense secretary between
March 1994 and May 1995 and CIA director from May 1995 to December 1996,
was stripped of his CIA and high-level defense intelligence clearances
last August for mishandling classified information.
- After parts of a classified CIA inspector general report
into the investigation of Deutch's handling of secret material at home
became public this month, Deutch voluntarily asked the Pentagon to remove
remaining security clearances that allowed him to advise companies on classified
- Deutch's home computer with the secret material was used
to connect to the Internet, including to pornography sites, by someone
in his household, raising security concerns that outside hackers could
have accessed the computer files.
- Deutch has agreed to appear before a closed Senate Intelligence
Committee hearing on Feb. 22 to discuss the issue.
- The Post said Richard Calder, then CIA deputy director
for administration, told Deutch on Dec. 5, 1996, that the only legal way
for him to keep government computers after retirement would be under a
- Deutch began contract negotiations with attorneys in
the agency's general counsel's office, but never told them -- or apparently
anyone else at the CIA -- that the computers held top-secret information,
the Post said.
- Some lawyers in the general counsel's office opposed
the contract and initially suggested Deutch buy a computer and return those
supplied by the CIA, the Post said, quoting the internal CIA report.
- But Deutch insisted and, with support from then-CIA General
Counsel Michael O'Neill, changed the contract proposed by the attorneys.
Instead of being allowed one computer for six months, he was permitted
to keep the three computers for one year, the report said.
- The contract restricted their use to unclassified government
business, the Post quoted a senior intelligence official as saying.
- The contract took effect on Dec. 16, the day after Deutch's
resignation. A day later, a CIA technician reported that he found classified
information on a computer he was working on at Deutch's Bethesda, Maryland
home, the Post said.
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