- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The new head of the CIA’s clandestine service — the part of the agency that recruits spies — will have a larger say in the way that domestic law-enforcement agencies use human sources, such as informants.

Michael Sulick, the new director of the National Clandestine Service, who will take full control in October, is in charge of setting standards and practices for the recruitment and vetting of human sources for all the U.S. intelligence agencies.

The changes came in response to the recommendations of the president’s commission on prewar intelligence about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Earlier this year, CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden began to exercise some of the new authorities the changes gave the CIA and the clandestine service over human-intelligence activities by other agencies, too.

In March, Gen. Hayden quietly established a Board of Governors for human intelligence made up of senior officials from 21 U.S. agencies and departments, including those that “use clandestine methods or tradecraft to pursue law-enforcement … missions,” such as the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security.

The board, according to a note Gen. Hayden wrote to the CIA work force, will oversee “collaborative efforts to de-conflict and coordinate operations, synchronize capabilities and standardize tradecraft and training.”

That will give the board and Mr. Sulick — who will have what CIA officials call “an instrumental role” in relation to the board — input into changes in the way that domestic law-enforcement agencies use human sources, such as confidential informants and cooperating witnesses.

A recent FBI budget request first reported by ABC News outlined the bureau’s new plans for human source validation — using training designed in collaboration with the CIA.

Gen. Hayden told employees that he had “stressed to the board members that CIA’s role … is one of partnership, not dictatorship.”

By July, at the board’s second meeting, Gen. Hayden reported that membership had grown to 31, including the departments of Justice, State, Commerce, Homeland Security, Energy and Defense and the FBI.

He said he had drawn up a policy document, a new Intelligence Community Directive, that “provides a framework for coordination and integration of the [human intelligence] enterprise, which includes organizations both inside and outside the intelligence community.”

That would include the 16 spy agencies managed by U.S. Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell.

He said that he “recently submitted a draft” to Mr. McConnell “and discussions on next steps are ongoing.”

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