Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another African-American intelligence agent goes down in flames

Another African-American intelligence agent goes down in flames....?

Another frame-up and cover-up may be in the works in the nation's capital. Andrew M. Warren, a former CIA Station Chief in Algiers, was arrested on April 26 after an exhaustive manhunt involving the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and Norfolk, Virginia police ....which ended at a Ramada motel on Military Highway in Norfolk.

Just how such a rising star at the CIA came to be wanted man is a complex story which, upon closer examination, has eerie similarities with that of Roland "Tony" Carnaby, the CIA agent murdered by the Houston Police Department in 2008, and Ken Ford, Jr, the former National Security Agency (NSA) analyst who was set-up in a concocted operation in which he was accused of taking classified information from NSA headquarters at Fort Meade during day-time working hours.

As Carnaby, who was associated in multiple ways with CIA activities at home and abroad and who met his end in a hail of bullets from two Houston police after a high-speed chase, Warren was arrested after a manhunt after he failed to show up for a routine court appearance in Norfolk on April 19.

While Andrew Warren's alleged crimes of drugging and sexually assaulting two women are up for speculation, his credentials are not. Andrew Warren is an African-American veteran of the CIA who speaks six dialects of Arabic, as well as Farsi, practices martial arts, and has written a novel titled "People of the Veil." Warren's novel appears to have given whoever decided to discredit him their scheme: in the book, a CIA agent falls in love with an Algerian woman.

Warren worked under official cover for the CIA with the State Department throughout the 90s. While some claim he left the CIA after working at the U.S. embassies in Kuwait and Egypt from 1999 to 2001, it is believed that he worked as a NOC (Non-official cover) in the financial sector in Manhattan -- a vantage point where he may have garnered some of the same pre-9/11 suspicious financial transactions spotted and reported on by J.P Morgan risk analyst Indira Singh's. It is also very possible that Andrew Warren worked with the late John O'Neill, the former FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force chief.

Immediately after 9/11, Warren was dispatched to Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times quoted a former CIA colleague of Warren's, who stated, "he had done great work in the mosques. He was able to go into the mosque for Friday prayers, recite the Koran, and wasn't afraid to mix it up". Other officials described him in similar glowing terms. Such skills would have been in high demand for an Intelligence Community that was lacking in skilled Arabic linguists in the months after 9/11.

Andrew Warren's downfall began after two women, both Algerian nationals living in Europe presently and at the time of the alleged assaults by Warren, approached the U.S. embassy in Algiers claiming that they had been drugged and sexually assaulted in Warren's home after embassy parties. One assault is alleged to have occurred in September 2007 while the other is said to have occurred in February 2008. One of the accusers lives in Spain, while the other woman, a German citizen of Algerian extraction, lives in Germany. The assaults were not reported until September 2008 and neither victim has been identified. David Pearce, the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, invoked the order to send Warren back to Washington for a full investigation.

In March 2009, Warren was fired by the CIA on the direct orders of the agency's director, Leon Panetta. He purchased a home in Norfolk in May of that year.

For the one-time ace CIA agent, a rising star who was able to fit in with Muslim communities as a result of his conversion to Islam and his fluency in multiple Arabic dialects, the charges have been piled on Warren. The tidal wave of charges and innuendo regarding charges by unnamed parties against Warren stacks up as a classic tradecraft-style planting of incriminating evidence and embarrassing incidents in the press. They include:

  • - Warren's alleged possession of drug paraphernalia in his Norfolk motel room.
  • - Possession of a gun at the time of his arrest
  • - Charges that Warren's laptop contained child pornography (no criminal charges were filed)
  • - Charges that Warren exposed his genitals to a Norfolk female neighbor whose only name was given as "Stacey."
  • - Possession of fake identity papers (Carnaby was also accused of having fake IDs).
  • - Planting disparaging comments on Warren on blogs and newspaper comments sections.
  • - Inappropriate photos found on Warren's digital camera.

The Commonwealth's Attorney in Norfolk has not charged Warren with any crime involving indecent exposure nor did federal authorities bring any charges for possession of child pornography. Warren showed up for his last court hearing wearing a bathrobe while in a wheelchair. The stage has now been set for an insanity ruling and Warren's incarceration in a mental institution along with any knowledge he may have of 9/11 and CIA renditioning of "Al Qaeda" suspects.

Warren's problems at the U.S. embassy in Algiers were not the only ones to be faced by a senior employee of the post. Thomas Daughton, the deputy chief of mission during the time frame that Warren was CIA station chief, received a round of criticism after he gave a frank interview to a visiting journalist. Daughton compared Algeria, an ally of the U.S. in the battle against "Al Qaeda," as a corrupt regime on par with Zimbabwe and in need of regime change. U.S. ambassador to Algeria David Pearce denied Daughton, who is now serving at the U.S. embassy in Beirut, ever said such things.


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