Magazine article Newsweek

The Spy and the Sex Scandal

Magazine article Newsweek

The Spy and the Sex Scandal

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Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff

He seemed just the sort of spy the CIA is looking for to fight the war on terror. Andrew Warren is a 6-foot-4 African-American schooled in the martial arts. Steeped in Middle Eastern history, he is a convert to Islam who speaks six Arabic dialects. He was a natural to be the CIA's top man in Algiers, a North Africa listening post and frequent hotbed of terrorists. He told his friends that he entered the U.S. Foreign Service--his cover story--because he wanted to be "at the center of things."

Last week, he emerged at the center of a lurid scandal deeply embarrassing to the United States. According to an affidavit signed by a State Department security investigator, in the past two years Warren allegedly drugged and then raped two Algerian women. Though the CIA won't confirm it, numerous U.S. government officials acknowledged to NEWSWEEK the revelation, first reported by ABC News correspondent Brian Ross, that Warren was serving in Algiers as CIA station chief.

Warren, who has not publicly commented, has not been charged with any crime. But the affidavit is damning. Two women told investigators that while visiting Warren at his official U.S. government residence in Algiers, Warren plied them with cocktails, which eventually caused them to vomit and pass out. One woman woke up naked in a bedroom and found a used condom in a nearby trash can. The court affidavit describes in hard-core detail how the other victim remembers drifting in and out of consciousness as Warren sexually assaulted her. …

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