Covering Its Tracks

The CIA investigates how knowledge of its secret prisons became public

While critics decry the CIA for using secret prisons overseas to interrogate and allegedly torture suspected terrorists, America's spooks are also contending with another issue--how such sensitive information became public in the first place. CIA Director Porter Goss, U.S. officials tell TIME, has ordered a top-level review of agency tradecraft procedures, including measures his National Clandestine Service takes to keep the movement of terrorist suspects it nabs out of the public eye. Amnesty International announced last week that it had identified, from flight records, six planes used by the CIA that had made some 800 trips through European airspace. (A CIA spokeswoman...

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