US intelligence agencies badly misjudged al-Qaeda's ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, according to a new book by a former top CIA official.
President Barack Obama tightened rules for the US' drone programme but secretly approved a waiver giving CIA more flexibility in Pakistan than anywhere else to strike suspected militants, a media report has said.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was set to be sentenced today in federal court in Charlotte for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.
CIA director John Brennan gave a staunch defense of the framework nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, calling some criticism of the accord "disingenuous" while expressing surprise at Tehran`s concessions.
A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by the police and ordered them to register a FIR against two former CIA officials, including the ex-station chief, for their alleged role in a surgical drone strike that killed the family members of an anti-drone activist in 2009.
A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and two militant groups claimed responsibility.
About $1 million provided by the CIA to a secret Afghan government fund ended up in the hands of al Qaeda in 2010 when it was used to pay a ransom for an Afghan diplomat, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
Empowered by a technology developed by the CIA, the US Justice Department uses secret airborne devices that mimic cellphone towers to track American citizens while hunting criminal suspects, a media report has said.
In order to meet 21st-century challenges like those posed by non-state actors, US' top intelligence agency CIA is set to undertake major reforms and structural changes, including setting up an exclusive university for training spies.
The Central Intelligence Agency is starting one of the most sweeping reorganisations in its history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations into intelligence gathering, CIA director John Brennan said.