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CIA Operatives Promoted Despite Roles in Deaths, Rendition

HeadlineFeb 10, 2011

An Associated Press investigation has found a number of CIA operatives responsible for some of the agency’s most controversial incidents have received little to no punishment — and in some cases, promotions. The incidents include cases where the actions of officers resulted in wrongful imprisonment and even death. An agency analyst who helped implement the kidnapping and rendition of German citizen Khalid El-Masri now holds a senior position at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Two agents involved in the November 2002 death of Afghan prisoner Gul Rahman have advanced to top CIA positions in the Middle East. Others reprimanded for their role in mock executions at a Polish secret prison and the death of an Iraqi prisoner have returned to work with the CIA as private contractors. The CIA’s disciplinary system is said to take years to reach decisions and is viewed internally as prone to favoritism and manipulation.

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