Ex-CIA official pleading guilty to Algiers sex charge
Former CIA operative Andrew Warren, following an adverse court ruling this week, will plead guilty to a charge of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in Algiers, where he was the top representative of U.S. intelligence in 2008.
According to court papers filed in Virginia and Washington, D.C., Warren, who had served previously in clandestine assignments in Kuwait and New York, will also plead guilty to gun and drug-possession charges related to an incident in April at a Norfolk, Va. hotel, where he was shocked with a Taser and arrested by a fugitive task force.
Neighbors had complained to police that Warren, 42, had been exposing himself in his Norfolk neighborhood. A similar allegation was made at the hotel while Warren was on pre-trial release. He had been scheduled to stand trial this month.
Warren’s latest attempt to avoid prison came a few days ago, when he filed papers claiming he was a victim of a sex trap set by “Algerian women who acted as 'honey traps' to manipulate American officials."
U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle ruled that Warren’s potential witnesses had no direct knowledge of his case.
Previously, Warren’s motion to suppress the discovery of child pornography on his CIA laptop by a Diplomatic Security Service agent was denied.
Warren, who appeared in court in hospital scrubs and a wheelchair following his hotel arrest, has been under a medical watch in an unidentified prison.
In a brief interview with SpyTalk after his incarceration, his Washington attorney, William R. “Billy” Martin, alleged that authorities “had beat the hell out of him.” Law enforcement authorities said the only injuries to Warren came when he was Tasered and handcuffed.
Martin did not return repeated calls for comment over the last several days.
A onetime "rising star" at the CIA, according to some accounts, Warren was fired by the CIA last year, several months after his recall from Algiers was reported by ABC News.
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