October 19th, 2010
10:36 PM ET

Former spy sued by CIA for publishing without permission

The CIA has filed a civil suit against a former spy who published a book critical of the agency without the necessary review of the material by the agency, in violation of a secrecy agreement.

The legal action is being taken against Ishmael Jones, the pen name for a nearly 20-year veteran of the CIA who, he says, worked deep undercover overseas, mostly in Arabic-speaking nations. In 2008, he published "The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture," under his pseudonym.

In a statement released Tuesday, the CIA said "Jones" violated the secrecy agreement he voluntarily signed as a condition of employment.

"Although Jones submitted his manuscript to the Agency's Publications Review Board (PRB) as his secrecy agreement requires, he did not let that review process run its course and instead published in defiance of the Board's initial disapproval," said the CIA statement.

Jones' real identity remains classified, mainly to protect the sources he worked with as a covert officer overseas.


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  1. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    oh really? funny how first thing bush did was pass a law i could not sue you for the money you owe me? and im not a Spy.
    Father Sheeran again saw how bringing people together could make a real difference. In 1993, he hosted the first meeting between Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton when World Youth Day took place in Denver.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    These two world leaders had divergent opinions on an array of issues, including abortion, economic policies and the obligations of industrialized nations toward poor nations. He expected their private conversation would be brief, but instead they conversed for 90 minutes and developed a way the Vatican could serve as a channel for providing U.S. relief into Muslsim countries when needed.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    They also explored how the Pope could nudge the Croatians, the majority of whom are Roman Catholic, toward peace in the former Yugoslavia. While at Regis University, the pope and the president found common ground and were able to make significant strides in resolving two international problems.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      yes My ex Wife Barb and MY self was also there. I was woking. They had no idea who i was.
      17 long years.

      October 20, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    BBAD Memory Bill and hollary? Remember MY Wife at the time now ex wife, Barbara Janette Jacobobson Shaw ????

    October 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    EVERYONE Wants to Know Why I and Her Just Got up and Ran.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    WE Both Had GOOD HIgh Paying Wonderfull JObs with Excelnat pay (benifits sucked).

    October 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Did You know the Hosptial She worked at, They paid for most of our entire Wedding.
    Everything From A Beautifull Chapel to The Catering.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Did YOU KNow Her and I Had the Two Most Important Jobs IN Denver?

    October 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    When a Huge Storm Came in and nothing moved ??? We Did.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Each and Every Day Pretty Much THe entire city went around HER and I geting to work.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    if need they sent out 4 wheel drives or snow cats to make damn sure we gotto work every day.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    The Plowed the streeats as we slept to get us toi work THEN all the others.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    They sent snow plows or To Trucks to break the dritfts. What Ever it Too To get the Two of Us To " Pur Jobs".

    October 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    HIllary and Bill Clinton? you and leiberman are all that matter to me now. nothing else.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    until my wives get thier money and you find my nurse? it is only going to get much worse.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
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