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Former Vice President Cheney Ordered CIA to Hide Operation

The New York Times is reporting Former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to withhold information from Congress about a secret counterterrorism operation.

Current CIA Director Leon Panetta told lawmakers about Cheney’s role in keeping the program secret on June 24 citing “two people with direct knowledge.”

The Times said calls to reach Cheney for comment were unreturned.

On July 10, California Representative Anna Eshoo, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the CIA was advised not to inform Congress of a long-running intelligence operation.

The operation was begun by the Bush administration in 2001 and terminated by Panetta last month.

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