CIA files suit against former spy Ishmael Jones
By The Post's Jeff Stein in SpyTalk:
"I'm ready to take whatever they have to do," the former CIA officer who calls himself Ishmael Jones told SpyTalk over two years ago, upon the publication of his unauthorized memoir, "The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture."
Today the former deep-cover agent's expectations came true, as the spy agency announced that a long-rumored suit had been filed against him in July for breaking his secrecy oath by publishing his book without its approval.
"Although 'Jones' submitted his manuscript to the Agency's Publications Review Board as his secrecy agreement requires," the CIA said in its Tuesday announcement, "he did not let that review process run its course and instead published in defiance of the Board's initial disapproval. He chose to violate a contract that he, and every other Agency employee, signs voluntarily as a condition of service with the CIA."
"CIA officers are duty-bound to observe the terms of their secrecy agreement with the Agency," Director Leon E. Panetta said. "This lawsuit clearly reinforces that message."
The Justice Department suit, on behalf of the spy agency, seeks "an injunction against any further violations of 'Jones' secrecy obligations and recovery of the proceeds from the unauthorized publication."
| October 19, 2010; 1:07 PM ET
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