CIA whistle-blower: Complaint kept secret

Sept. 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A CIA whistle-blower says the agency kept his complaints about its relationship with a notoriously corrupt Peruvian spymaster secret out of embarrassment.

A declassified version of Franz Boening's 2001 complaint to his CIA superiors about now-jailed Vladimiro Lenin Montesinos has recently been released as a part of a First Amendment lawsuit. Boening told Wednesday's Miami Herald the episode shows the intelligence agency's policies on classification need to be reformed.

Boening told the newspaper the CIA classified his complaint about Montesinos -- which was based on widely published media accounts of the Peruvian's alleged ties to U.S. intelligence -- "because it did not want to be publicly embarrassed. The CIA should not be able to classify newspaper or magazine articles just because it doesn't like criticisms.''

Montesinos, who served as intelligence chief to former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s, is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering.

Boening complained to the agency about Montesinos, saying in part, "I wish to call to your attention several very serious issues, including possible violations of U.S. laws, related to CIA's alleged operational relationship with (Montesinos. He) almost certainly used CIA tools and bureaucratic support to facilitate his crimes."

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