CIA documents released by the Justice Department on Thursday provide a rare look at the spy agency’s covert operations, including the covert actions of journalists.
The documents, obtained by The Hill, include memos from CIA employees in 2006 that detail the agency’s efforts to disrupt news coverage of the Bush administration.
The memos were leaked to a group of journalists, who then sued the agency for violating their constitutional rights.
A group of reporters suing the CIA alleges the agency spied and destroyed documents they believed were critical of the government and its actions.
In one of the memos, the CIA’s top lawyer, John B. Brennan, wrote that the agency was pursuing an effort to “obstruct, discredit, and discredit” journalists.
The memo also noted that the CIA had “a history of using intimidation tactics to silence and silence critics.”
The documents show that the Justice Dept. also conducted a similar investigation in 2006.
It is not clear whether the agency conducted any investigation into the incident.
The memos also shed light on the CIA operations in a case involving a group called the International Committee of the Red Cross, which the CIA reportedly sought to shut down.
The group was set up in the mid-1990s to monitor the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
It was eventually shut down after the Justice department said it violated the law.
The Justice Dept., in a statement on Thursday, said it was reviewing the documents and will make a decision on whether to open a class action against the CIA.
The CIA declined to comment.
The Washington Post first reported the documents in a story Friday.
The Post also reported that a lawyer for the group, Daniel Greenfield, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday alleging that the documents are the product of illegal surveillance by the CIA and its contractors.
Greenfield said in a brief that the government is “willing to go to the extreme” to protect whistleblowers.
He said the documents could shed light about the CIA spying operations.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Brennan said he was unaware of any such investigation when he was CIA director.
He added that the intelligence community does not spy on reporters, as the Justice & Lawrence O’Donnell report in 2006 revealed.
He declined to answer additional questions.
“I have no idea what they were doing, because I was not in the office when they were conducting the investigation,” Brennan said.
“And they were not a journalist.”