CIA Officers Sue Agency for "Abuse of Power," Alleging a Cover-Up in the 1999 Accidentalbombing of China's Embassy in Belgrade

December 06, 2001


A group of CIA officers has brought a class-action suit against the agency alleging abuse of power against employees,including the cover-up of mistakes leading to the accidental US bombing of China’s embassy in Belgrade in 1999, forwhich several lower-ranking employees were blamed.

15 past and present mid-to-upper level CIA employees filed the case. They say that the spy agency has used illegaltactics to prevent them pursuing legitimate grievances against the CIA, including altering and destroying documents,and eavesdropping on privileged discussions with their lawyers.

The CIA says these actions are justified for reasons of national security.


  • Roy W. Krieger, attorney with the law firm Paleos and Krieger (lawyer for plaintiffs).
  • Mark Zaid, Counsel to Nobel, Novens, and Lamont and Executive Director of the James Madison Project(lawyer for plaintiffs).