America at Night Files


FILE #60
DCI Casey Sought Balance Between Protecting CIA Assets and Arresting Them for Their Criminal Activities

In 1982, Director of Central Intelligence Bill Casey, plagued by arrests of CIA agents for extracurricular criminal activities, reached an accord with U.S. Attorney General William French Smith instituting new procedures planned to "strike the proper balance between enforcement of the law and protection of intelligence sources and methods." Casey's letter to Smith acknowledging the institution of these new procedures is shown below.