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CIA director defends agency after Afghanistan suicide blast

CIA director Leon Panetta has stridently denied reports that Jordanian suicide bomber Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi's attack was possible due to the agency’s 'poor tradecraft.'

By Correspondent / January 10, 2010



The director of the Central Intelligence Agency has spoken out to defend the agency against accusations that lax security allowed a Jordanian man to kill seven CIA agents and agency contractors when he blew himself up in Khost Province, Afghanistan on Dec. 30.

In an opinion piece published in Sunday's Washington Post, Leon Panetta stridently denied reports that the deaths were made possible by the agency’s “poor tradecraft.” He said Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, was about to be searched by security personnel, some distance from CIA agents, when he detonated his explosives.

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