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White House confirms, downplays CIA director visit to Kiev

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday warned that Russia would face more "costs" for its interventions in Ukraine and confirmed that the director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, was in Kiev over the weekend. "We don't normally comment on the CIA director's travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

Russia: US claims on Boston bombing a 'low blow'

Russia Saturday dismissed as a "low blow" claims that Moscow had failed to provide intelligence over one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, blaming anti-Russian sentiment in Washington over Ukraine. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Russia declined requests from the FBI for information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died in a gun battle with police after a four-day manhunt following the bombing.

Americas News Agenda for March 25

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Tuesday: + Dozens still unaccounted for in US landslide + Supreme Court hears Obamacare challenge ARLINGTON, Washington: Emergency teams hunt for survivors of a huge and deadly landslide in the US state of Washington, with more than 100 people still unaccounted for. Picture. Video. (US-LANDSLIDE)

CIA suspends Iran operations chief

The head of the CIA's Iran operations has been suspended after employees complained about his "abusive" management style, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday, citing unnamed officials. Jonathan Bank, a career officer with the spy agency, had been placed on administrative leave after an internal probe found he had created a hostile work environment, according to the Times.

CIA ties to Congress at risk over spying charges: House intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA's relationship with Congress would be ruined if it is proven that the agency illegally spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who heads the Senate committee, said on Tuesday the Central Intelligence Agency may have broken the law when it searched her panel's computers to find out how staff obtained an internal agency review of the U.S. interrogation program of suspected terrorists.

CIA chief denies agency hacked US Senate staff computers

Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan on Tuesday denied allegations the CIA had illegally hacked computers used by US Senate staff members probing a controversial interrogation program. "Nothing could be further from the truth," Brennan said at an event organized by the Council on Foreign Relations. "We wouldn't do that." ddl/sst

Row erupts over claim CIA spied on US Senate panel

A rare public spat erupted Tuesday between the CIA and the US lawmakers meant to oversee its work, with the head of the agency angrily denying claims it spied on Senate staff. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein launched a fiery public attack on the Central Intelligence Agency, accusing it of improperly searching computers used by staffers investigating CIA interrogation methods.

CIA director says cannot rule out terrorism on Malaysia plane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the Central Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday intelligence officials could not rule out terrorism as a factor in the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines plane. "You cannot discount any theory, " CIA Director John Brennan said during rare public comments in Washington. A massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has so far found no trace of the aircraft or the 239 passengers and crew since it was reported missing on Saturday.

White House says Obama has 'great confidence' in CIA chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has "great confidence" in CIA chief John Brennan, the White House said on Tuesday, even as a senior Democratic senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law. "The president has great confidence in John Brennan and confidence in our intelligence community and in our professionals at the CIA," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a news briefing.

Senator says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

By Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle (Reuters) - A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law. Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the CIA's handling of her panel's investigation into a Bush-era interrogation and detention program that began after the September 11, 2001, attacks but was only made public in 2006.
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