The Nation : Counterspy Effort Faulted

Despite a flurry of serious spy cases in recent years, the U.S. intelligence apparatus is almost lackadaisical about guarding the nations's most sensitive secrets, the House Intelligence Committee charged. The Panel called for major overhauls reaching deep into the counterspy bureaucracy. "Our hope is that the criticisms will be take as drawing attention to something that needs to be improved," said Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio), new committee chairman. Among the findings: The CIA hired Edward Howard, who seriously damaged the agency's operations in Moscow by giving secrets to the Soviets, despite "an extensive history of using hard drugs."

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