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Judge rules CIA committed fraud in court

July 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that CIA officials committed fraud to protect a former covert agent against a lawsuit.

According to court documents unsealed Monday, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth referred one CIA attorney for disciplinary action. The judge also is considering sanctions against five other current and former CIA employees, including former CIA Director George Tenet.

The suit was brought by a former agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Richard Horn, who says his home in the nation of Burma was illegally wiretapped by the CIA in 1993.

Tenet filed an affidavit in 2000 asking that the case against the former station chief in Burma, Arthur Brown, be dismissed because he was a covert agent. But Brown's cover had been lifted in 2002, and the CIA continued to say he was under cover.

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