Wrong Spy for the Job

How departing CIA chief Woolsey alienated Congress and sent his own agency into a deep funk

All along, James Woolsey wanted to be not the director of central intelligence but the Secretary of Defense. And what finally cost him his job, associates say, was that he spent too much time playing a defensive game. He got into fights with Senators over minor items in the $28 billion intelligence budget and gave out meager punishments to officials who had ignored warning signs that agent Aldrich Ames was a Soviet mole. Even worse, large parts of the CIA's operation bored Woolsey, and its insular culture frustrated him. He once complained to an associate that the agency "needed a psychiatrist,...

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