CIA officer: Personnel sent shopping in hostile area

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Posted: Aug 24, 2017 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A CIA intelligence officer says in a lawsuit that his career was derailed after he complained that his boss at a base in a conflict zone repeatedly ordered personnel to travel through dangerous areas on non-essential trips to shop and buy food.

Using a CIA-assigned pseudonym, the plaintiff alleges in a federal lawsuit that in late 2014 and 2015 his boss placed cooking, baking, socializing, entertaining, exercising and shopping above the needs of the mission. The suit says the boss often went days without meeting with key personnel.

Details of the suit filed in December are highlighted in a report issued Thursday by the Project On Government Oversight. It has called on Congress to strengthen whistleblower protections for employees at U.S. intelligence agencies.

The CIA has declined to comment.