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National Cyber Security Center Director Phil Reitinger said Congress should work with the administration to determine whether new presidential emergency powers are needed. A key Senate committee is proposing the president have more specific authority over how key private companies react in a cybercrisis.
Mr. Reitinger’s remarks came in prepared testimony for a hearing before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The testimony was obtained by the Associated Press.
Film depicts failed spy mission
Far from the glare of Hollywood lights, the CIA on Tuesday premiered a nonfiction film produced by the agency that recounts the mystique and the misery of a botched James Bond-like spy mission in China.
The film, which combines documentary footage and actors re-enacting events, is the first such movie in the spy agency’s history, but relatively few people are likely to see it.
The CIA says it is for internal use only, although it granted an Associated Press request to attend the screening.
The film documents one of the CIA’s more painful episodes: a failed attempt in November 1952 to recover an ethnic Chinese spy who was part of an agent team the CIA had smuggled into the Manchuria region of northeastern China several months earlier. It was part of a much larger, long-classified covert action program aimed at destabilizing the revolutionary communist government of Mao Zedong.
Unbeknown to the Americans, the agent team had been compromised, helping the Chinese set a trap.
When an unmarked C-47 cargo plane with two CIA paramilitary officers aboard swooped low over the arranged pickup point, Chinese troops in hiding opened fire. The Chinese had known it was coming and planned an elaborate ambush. The plane burst into flames and belly-flopped in a forested area.
The hourlong film, titled “Extraordinary Fidelity” and directed by Paul Wimmer, includes interviews with Mr. Fecteau and Mr. Downey, who have remained largely mum about the details of their experience, which ended with Mr. Fecteau’s release by the Chinese in December 1971 and Mr. Downey’s release in March 1973.
Nominee backs record to Senate panel
The nominee for the No. 2 post at the Justice Department has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the government must use all available means in fighting terrorism.
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