Washington Memo

Spying has long been a risky business, but now America's spooks complain that they're facing double jeopardy: a potentially rising tide of lawsuits and criminal proceedings, plus investigations by Congress. To help secret agents who may need the advice of a lawyer, CIA director Michael Hayden this week generously offered CIA employees the ultimate perk: full reimbursement of legal-liability insurance. And it will cover all employees involved in covert activity, not just those working in counterterrorism and counterproliferation.

Jose A. Rodriguez, former director of the clandestine service, is one policyholder. He'll need the money to deal with the legal consequences of...

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