Wednesday, August 30, 2006

CIA spy chief for Venezuela

The United States has named a "manager" for its intelligence operations against Venezuela and Cuba.

North Korea and Iran are the only other countries that have been assigned so-called "mission managers", who supervise intelligence operations against them.

In a statement released on Friday, August 19th, the office of John Negroponte, the natioinal intelligence director, said the manager would be responsible "for integrating collection and analysis on Cuba and Venezuela across the intelligence community" and "ensuring the implementation of strategies" that have not been disclosed.

The statement said that J Patrick Maher, whose previous job was deputy director of the CIA's office of policy support, will assume the role temporarily until a permanent candidate is found.

August 17, 2006, Federal Register: DEPARTMENT OF STATE, [Public Notice 5506], Bureau of Political-Military Affairs: Revocation of Defense Export Licenses to Venezuela

Note: Venezuela is happy to purchase Russian defense articles.


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