CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide

(Wikimedia)The Washington Free Beacon – by Bill Gertz

A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.

CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va.

“We can confirm that there was an individual fatally injured at a facility where agency work is done,” White told the Washington Free Beacon. “He was rushed to a local area hospital where he subsequently died. Due to privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are not releasing additional information at this time.”  

A source close to the agency said the man who died was a middle manager and the incident occurred after the man jumped from the fifth floor a building in Fairfax County.

Many agency employees are known to work under stressful conditions and high stress is considered a part of the profession, for the three general types of employees: Intelligence analysts and support personnel, technical services operators, and members of the clandestine services, the agency’s elite spying branch.

The CIA is known to operate or rent space in a number of semi-secret locations in the country, including at least one high-rise building in Tysons Corner.

The agency also operates a number of top-secret facilities used by its clandestine service officers, including agency safe houses.

No other details of the death could be learned.

The agency is currently engaged in a high profile dispute with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., Calif.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said the CIA has blocked efforts by the committee to investigate harsh interrogation of terrorists.

Committee staff members working at a CIA facility in Northern Virginia to investigate agency interrogation practices also have charged that the CIA covertly searched the agency’s computers that were being used in the investigation.

The agency subsequently reported that several Senate staff members had improperly and possibly illegally removed classified material from the CIA. The FBI was asked to investigate the mishandling of classified information in the case.

The agency is under pressure from Congress to declassify a 6,000-page report on agency interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, used to glean information from al Qaeda terrorists captured after the 2001 attacks on Washington and New York.

The agency also this week came under scrutiny from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence over the agency’s role in obscuring the facts surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell told the committee that agency analysts concluded that a protest took place in advance of the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

Morrell testified that “subsequent information revealed this judgment to be incorrect.”

The CIA was operating a facility in Benghazi with a large number of agency personnel whose activities had not been made public.

Speculation about the CIA annex in Benghazi has focused on the agency’s role in supplying weapons to Libyan militias that in turn were shipping the arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.

4 thoughts on “CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide

  1. Wonder if this is the beginning of a new wave of “suicides” like all those bankers who jumped to their death…Uhm!!!! strange…only one now but let’s see if more follow the lead.

  2. problem is..all the wrong ones are jumping, or committing suicide.
    I guess i’ll have to be satisfied by the drop in their numbers

  3. The problem with this whole story is not the content in the story, but what is between the line’s of the story. There is no truth in the CIA, they can look you right in the face, then tell you a story that is so believable that the ordinary citizen would believe it, and not look back, that is up until now. All that America has been involved in since this Administration has taken the reigns, you can believe that, the stories they tell, will be half truth’s, or one big lie. Benghazi is a perfect example, Fast & Furious, is another, should I go on? I know that in my 60 year’s there has been numerous administrations that has tried many things they thought that they could get away with, thinking that the common man would be to stupid to know what was happening. But this administration is different, this administration has thought from day one, that the American people was stupid, it appeared to me, that when Obama promised to be transparent, he knew that he would be the most covert Administration in America’s History. So, when I read anything that has to do with this administration, I knew that there will never be any truth what so ever, in anything they say. It’s very unfortunate that the common man has to feel this way about his Government, and it is by no means because of what John Doe has said, nor what any news agency had been saying, It started, at least with me because of a Feeling deep down inside my Gut, that there was something very wrong with this administration that I felt like I could not Trust what this administration was about to do to America, that I knew that America would be hearing more Lies than truth coming out of the mouths of everybody associated with this Administration, and so far they have not let me down. In saying that, I’m afraid that America voted in the most incompetent man, that America has ever had living in the White House, so therefore, the administration feel that they will have to lie in order to cover up their stupid policies they come out with. If the common man will just put a little thought behind the reason why this man feels that he has to lie, you will then understand why he and his administration has to cover up their problems by blaming others, or straight out lie in order to hide their stupidity. This is why I do not believe this CIA man committed suicide, he was murdered, most likely because he was about to give America the Truth about, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, besides everything else that this Administration has gotten caught with by putting their hands in the cookie jar.

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