Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CIA Kept New Building a Secret - from Congress

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CIA Kept New Building a Secret - from Congress

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The top-secret agency that manages the nation's spy satellites has nearly completed building a new $310 million headquarters - unknown to its congressional overseers.

The existence of the four-tower, million-square-foot National Reconnaissance Office complex in the Virginia suburbs of Washington was disclosed Monday after President Bill Clinton declassified the project.

CIA Director James Woolsey and Deputy Secretary of Defense John Deutch said in a joint statement that they would name a team to review the project and its cost - and find out why its existence was not disclosed to Congress.

They are to be among witnesses at a closed-door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

The structure, five miles south of Dulles International Airport, has been under construction for nearly four years under the guise of a new office building for defense contractor Rockwell International.

Sen. Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., who chairs the Senate committee, said the National Reconnaissance Office took great pride in finding a way to "hide an elephant on a football field. …

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