Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trial Date Nears for Ex-CIA Algiers Station Chief

Way back in the January 2009 the public learned that the CIA Station Chief in Algiers had been removed from post two months earlier, arrested by Diplomatic Security Agents, and charged with multiple counts of rape. Today, the WaPo is reporting that a trial date is finally getting close.

From CIA official's rape case headed to June trial:

[I]t looks like the increasingly lurid case of Andrew Warren, the CIA’s station chief in Algeria until he was removed under a cloud of rape charges in October 2008, is heading for court.

The Justice Department and Warren’s Florida-based attorney, Mark David Hunter, confirmed independently that the erstwhile covert operator is heading for a Washington trial, scheduled now for sometime in June. Hunter otherwise declined to comment.

The accused is now attempting to get some of the evidence against him suppressed by alleging improprieties in the conduct of the investigation. The government has filed a supplemental brief asking that the defense motion for suppression be denied.

Who knows which way the court will rule? But, judging by the affidavits of the State Department investigators that are linked in the WaPo article, it seems there is ample evidence to convict the miscreant whichever way the motions go.


Anonymous said...

Good heavens, where have I been that I missed this? Under a rock somewhere...

What a terrifying story. I went and carefully read through your old post from January. That's just terrifying.

You post the most interesting things.

Oh, and by the way- my husband and I were discussing the whole pictures-taken-of-CIA-operatives-and-shown-to-Guantanamo-detainees thing that you posted about last week.

His suggestion was that someone take pictures of the ACLU picture-takers and show the CIA officers what the photographers who are trying to out them to Guantanamo prisoners look like...

(Hope that made sense.)

TSB said...

Yes, that whole 'John Adams Project' to support Gitmo detainees has brought on a big clash between the CIA and the Justice Department. Right now, it's going on behind closed doors, but a few years from now we'll start to see memoirs by retired CIA and DOJ people with their accounts of what happened.

Justice is already on thin ice with the CIA and others, since the Attorney-General and at least 5 of his top 10 appointees came from law firms that represented Gitmo detainees. Another top DOJ official - the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division - was one of the defense lawyers for "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh.

Those appointments are all perfectly legal and confirmed by the Senate. It would also be legal to appoint mafia defense lawyers to run the Organized Crime Division of DOJ, but of course no administration would do that. For some reason, this administration does the equivalent when it comes to some captured terrorists.

fsowannabe said...

Sorry to jump in on this topic, but I find the Gitmo-DOJ lawyers issue to both fascinating and horrifying. Attorneys are subject to stringent ethical rules of conduct(believe it or not) in most states, which could result in their disbarrment if not followed. One of the biggest offenses (and easiest to lose your license over) is having a conflict of interest. I have no idea regarding federal rules regarding professional responsibility for attorneys, but obviously these attorneys have to recuse themselves from any type of work dealing with Gitmo, and also probably with any type of Islamic-terrorist activity. Frankly, it just looks bad.