Nation: Who Can Be a Paid Spook?

Not U.S. journalists, the CIA says, and Congressmen agree

It's a kind of mongoose-and-cobra relationship," said Wisconsin's Democratic Congressman Les Aspin last week. That seemed as good a way as any of characterizing the modus vivendi between the press and the Central Intelligence Agency. But as one wag quickly noted, nobody is sure which is which. Sorting out that problem was the task before Aspin's Oversight Subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee. After three days of hearings, the committee members were still unsure about who were the good and bad guys in the complex game of information-gathering around the globe.

The congressional hearings...

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