#AceWorldNews The Central Intelligence Agency has taken action against a high-ranking CIA official who has reportedly “created an abusive and hostile work environment,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
Although the names of covert CIA agents are typically kept confidential, the Times confirmed that veteran officer Jonathan Bank — formerly the chief of Iran operations for the entire agency — has been placed on administrative leave after an internal probe unearthed new allegations of mismanagement.
The Times said they were publishing Bank’s name because his identity was previously made public after a Pakistani journalist filed a lawsuit against him in 2010 with regards to the CIA’s covert drone program there. Banks was working in Islamabad at the time of that incident, and has also held key CIA posts in the Balkans, Moscow and Baghdad, according to former agency officials who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity.
This time around, though, Bank is being brought into the spotlight against for his alleged behaviour while attempting to man the helm of the CIA unit that specializes in spying on Iran and that nation’s nuclear program, Ken Dianian wrote for the Times on Sunday evening.