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March 17, 2014 10:48 am

CIA Iran Chief Suspended, Department ‘Was Not Functioning’

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The seal of the CIA in the lobby of its headquarters. Photo: WikiCommons.

The seal of the CIA in the lobby of its headquarters. Photo: WikiCommons.

The CIA’s Iran chief of operations was suspended after sending the division that coordinates spying on Iran and its nuclear program into disarray, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

“Iran is one of most important targets, and the place was not functioning,” said one of three former officials who told the newspaper that the Iran operations division was in “open rebellion,” with several key employees demanding transfers.

Jonathan Bank, 46, was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters for creating an abusive and hostile work environment, according to the report.

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In 2010, Bank was removed as CIA station chief in Islamabad after his name was published by newspapers in connection with a court case, and he had received death threats. The LA Times said that U.S. officials believe Pakistan’s intelligence service leaked his name in a dispute over CIA drone attacks.

Former agency officials said Bank had previously served at CIA stations in the Balkans, Moscow and Baghdad, the newspaper said. He also was a top assistant to James Pavitt, who from 1999 to 2004 headed the CIA’s operations arm, now known as the National Clandestine Service, the LA Times said.

There was no indication from the article if another CIA leader was to be assigned to Iran or if Bank would be returning.

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  • coreynewyork

    How about the failure to predict the Arab spring or the Arab winter? Or Ben gazi? Or 911.

    The CIA are keystone cops. CIA actually stands for clowns in America. When it comes to the middle east they are clueless

    They rely on satellites and technology but that gets you only so far.

    They soo suck.

  • Avrumeleh

    If we go back for a moment to the first Obama presidential campaign, we’d recall that Obama’s only concrete foreign policy objective was to “negotiate” with Iran. He was single-minded with a view toward making “compromises” that would encourage Iran to become a member of the international “community.” He continues..each and every day…to single-mindedly…attempt to get the Iranians to act like a responsible nation despite Iran’s daily efforts to defeat American interests and destabilize the Middle East. Obama hasn’t learned one lesson from all this and we can be sure that until the end of this term, he’ll continue to appease Iran and enthusiastically try to make it look like his non-starter policy will be successful. It’s just plain amazing.

  • This was the man presumably helping the Obama Administration manage its “Iran policy”.

    The should take a look at the Israel division next.

    The damage the CIA has done to America is incalculable, IMO. Bay of Pigs, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Latin America – the disasters just keep on coming.

  • It is not Barack Hussein Obama who worries me. It is the Hussein part. Who’se side is he on? Does he see himself as a very clever Jihad plant?

  • Joseph Kelly

    This is so symptomatic of the anti American communists and Islamists that are rife in American Academia, the State Department, the CIA and the FBI among others.

    For the America’s own interest these places must be purged as soon as possible.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    This is the Obama administration:

    Janet Napolitano’s Homeland Security was shot through with these politically connected, arrogant miscreants.

    Hillary Clinton and Kerry run State; Hagel, a non-entity if there ever was one, has Defense.

    Susan Rice, God help us, is National Security Advisor.

    Putin despises this administration.

    Can you blame him?

    • jbwillikers

      Don’t forget Ben Rhodes who is “Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting”

      That’s his title. He has no known national security or military background and his experience consists almost entirely of assisting in various political campaigns. He was heavily involved in the Benghazi “talking points”.
      Oh, and his brother just happens to be president of ABC News which just let go Sharyl Attkisson who did outstanding investigative reporting of the Obama Administration who regarded her as the enemy.

  • Leslie Satenstein

    Political roles aside, the Iranians are graduating more university trained men and women per capita than is the USA. They do not rely on American technology.

    Their idology will change when the top iotola will die of old age.

    The country will stop shoving or trying to shovel their religious idologies down their citizen’s and the worlds throats.

  • Marv Hershenson

    I am in full agreement with judorebbe. The current administration is filled with incompetence.

  • Emanuelle Goldstein

    Somebody voted those un-housebroken poodles into office. All I know is that it wasn’t me.

  • Allan Fritz

    I think the CIA and FBI have been compromised by the Obama Administration. We have a bunch of clowns playing with our nation’s security. As a former U.S. Army soldier I understand what a horrible Secretary of Defense, And Directors of the FBI and CIA.

  • judorebbe

    We (U.S.) are in very deep trouble. We need to be fighting Iran with the toughest and smartest pit-bulls, but we are relying on poodles who aren’t even housebroken, and a President who is trying to coerce America’s only reliable ally in the Middle East into making suicidal concessions. And this, while Hezbollah operatives proliferate within our borders.
    2,500 years ago, the great general and philosopher, Sun Tzu, stated that “if you want peace, prepare for war”. The Iranians obviously understand Sun Tzu. I have no idea what President Pinocchio and his administration understand.

    • zeynep

      You (U.S.) Mr.judorebbe are indeed in very deep trouble. Because your carrots are nothing but life-threatening poisonous jelly beans, and your sticks tickle just enough to make the intelligent world giggle. If you (U.S.) don’t change this mentality of ridicilous ‘power’ politics (is the capability to do so still there?), then prepare to enjoy the feat how the interventionists are Intervened (on behalf of Israel to be sure!).