Magazine article Insight on the News

Deutch Balked at Nondisclosure

Magazine article Insight on the News

Deutch Balked at Nondisclosure

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Former director of central intelligence (DCI) John Deutch did not sign documents acknowledging that he had received exit briefings informing him of his obligations not to keep or disclose classified information when he left his post at the CIA -- at least not until three years later when the Pentagon's inspector general got involved several months after he became a target of a criminal probe, news alert! has learned.

He did sign a nondisclosure agreement June 23, 1999, during a four-month debriefing period that ended Sept. 1, 1999, in which the Pentagon's Office of the Inspector General was present, according to records obtained by news alert! through the Freedom of Information Act. In 1998, the Pentagon initiated a criminal investigation into Deutch's mishandling of thousands of classified documents.

"He was never required to sign anything," explains CIA spokeswoman Anya Guilsher. That's because every CIA employee signs a secrecy agreement prior to employment that covers them the rest of their lives, she says.

Insight obtained the eight pages from a declassified debriefing file on Deutch a year after this magazine initially raised the question in an investigative report (see "Deutch Rules of Engagement," March 27, 2000). The file shows Deutch was debriefed four times on the "sensitive compartmented information nondisclosure agreement" between 1993 and 1999.

After one year on the job, Deutch quit the CIA in December 1996. …

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